Malawi

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INFORMATION

Capital: Lilongwe

Government: Multiparty Democracy

Current President: Arthur Peter Mutharika

Economy:

  • Predominately agricultural with about 80% of the population living in rural areas.
  • Agriculture, which has benefited from fertilizer subsidies since 2006, accounts for one-third of GDP and 90% of export revenues.

Population: 17,377,000 (2014)

Land Size: 118,484 sq km (45,747 sq miles)

Major Ethic Groups:

  • Chewa: 32.6%
  • Lomwe: 17.6%
  • Yao: 13.5%
  • Ngoni: 11.5%
  • Tumbuka: 8.8%
  • Nyanja: 5.8%
  • Sena: 3.6%
  • Tonga: 2.1%
  • Ngonde: 1%
  • Other: 3.5% (2008 census)
Religions:

  • Christian: 82.7%
  • Muslim: 13%
  • Other: 1.9%
  • None: 2.5%

Language(s):

  • Chichewa (official): 57.2%
  • English (official)
  • Chinyanja: 12.8%
  • Chiyao: 10.1%
  • Chitumbuka: 9.5%
  • Chisena: 2.7%
  • Chilomwe: 2.4%
  • Chitonga: 1.7%
  • Other: 3.6%

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RECENT NEWS

  • Thu - Jun 22, 2017: African Problems Need African Solutions - Prophet Bushiri - AllAfrica News: Malawi
    [Nyasa Times] African development challenges can best be solved by African solution, youthful billionaire South Africa-based Malawian prophet Prophet Shepherd Bushiri has told a US based online paper, panafricanvisions.com.
  • Thu - Jun 22, 2017: Coach Seizes Blantyre United Equipment Over Unpaid Dues - AllAfrica News: Malawi
    [Nyasa Times] Suspended Blantyre United Coach Leo Mpulula has seized a team kit and balls as a way of forcing club management pay him his arrears.
  • Thu - Jun 22, 2017: Wanderers, Silver Games Postponed - AllAfrica News: Malawi
    [Nyasa Times] Super League of Malawi (Sulom) have confirmed the revision of this coming weekend fixtures.
  • Thu - Jun 22, 2017: What's Next For Fired Agriculture Minister Chaponda? - AllAfrica News: Malawi
    [Nyasa Times] The Public Affairs Committee (PAC), a quasi-religious body and governance watchdog, has formally adopted some of the recommendations delegates to 5+1 All-Inclusive Stakeholders Conference in Blantyre made to President Peter Mutharika's administration, including independence of oversight institutions such as the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) and Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC).
  • Thu - Jun 22, 2017: IMF Extends Loan Program - AllAfrica News: Malawi
    [Nyasa Times] The International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved a US$ 26.9 Million (about K19.7 billion at current exchange rate) for Malawi after concluding ninth review of the Extended Credit Facility programme (ECF) , a tool for medium-term financial support, aimed at low income member states .