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Capital: Lilongwe

Government: Multiparty Democracy

Current President: Arthur Peter Mutharika


  • 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)

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


  • 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%



  • Thu - Sep 21, 2017: Rapper Jay Bee Chasing the Malawian Dream in U.S. - AllAfrica News: Malawi
    [Malawi News Agency] Lilongwe -Renown Malawian hip hop artist Jay Bee left the country six years ago for the United States, since then very little has been heard about him musically back home but the rapper says he is still making gains and recording songs.
  • Thu - Sep 21, 2017: Gospel Musician Mussa to Launch Animated Video - AllAfrica News: Malawi
    [Nyasa Times] Celebrated gospel musician of the Desperate fame will on September 30 launch an animated music video of his hit single Mdidi at Crossroads Hotel in Lilongwe.
  • Thu - Sep 21, 2017: Multinational Computer Sponsor For ICT Awards - AllAfrica News: Malawi
    [Nyasa Times] Information Communication Technology Association of Malawi (ICTAM) continues to attract international support after Oracle has pumped in K2 million towards the National Innovation Forum awards set for next month.
  • Thu - Sep 21, 2017: Inclusive Education Can Ease Street Begging - Malawi Union of the Blind - AllAfrica News: Malawi
    [Nyasa Times] Malawi Union of the Blind (MUBU) said failure to provide comprehensive inclusive education was one of the things contributing to increased street begging by young people in the country's cities.
  • Thu - Sep 21, 2017: Vale Hands Over Motorbikes to Malawi Police in Machinga - AllAfrica News: Malawi
    [Nyasa Times] Corredor Logistico Integrado de Nacala (CLN) and Vale logistics have handed over 10 motorcycles worthy K39 million to Machinga police to promote community safety and deal with theft of cargo and encroachment along the railway line in the district.