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: 19,842,560 (2018)

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

Major Ethnic 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 - Apr 25, 2019: Political Parties Act Awaits Registrar Appointment - AllAfrica News: Malawi
    [Nyasa Times] Government says the Political Parties Act, which bars politicians from giving out handouts during an election, is not effective because a registrar of the office is yet to be appointed.
  • Thu - Apr 25, 2019: Mutharika, Magufuli Fail to Discuss Lake Malawi Wrangle - AllAfrica News: Malawi
    [Nyasa Times] Tanzania president John Magufuli flies out of Malawi this Thursday having failed to discuss Lake Malawi wrangle with President Peter Mutharika on his two-day State-visit.
  • Thu - Apr 25, 2019: Another 'Cash-Gate' At Power Utility - AllAfrica News: Malawi
    [Nyasa Times] State-owned power utility Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) has come under intense criticism for rejecting a winning bid of less than K150 million for the demolition of Escom headquarters building in Blantyre which was gutted by fire two years ago and opted for a K650 million for the same exercise.
  • Thu - Apr 25, 2019: Malaria Vaccine Pilot Launched in Malawi - AllAfrica News: Malawi
    [This Day] The World Health Organisation (WHO) has welcomed the Government of Malawi's launch of the world's first malaria vaccine today in a landmark pilot programme.
  • Thu - Apr 25, 2019: Opposition Shadow MP Debates Himself As Rivals' No-Show - AllAfrica News: Malawi
    [Nyasa Times] Just one of the three others that were expected to be part of the Wednesday parliamentary debate organised by National Initiative for Civic Education (NICE) Trust showed up, a development that has since raised eyebrows on the seriousness of the rest.