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

  • Fri - Apr 28, 2017: Miss Malawi to Be Crowned Tonight - 14 Beauty Queens to Contest - AllAfrica News: Malawi
    [Nyasa Times] The Miss Malawi grand finale is slated this Friday, April 28 at Bingu International Convention Centre (Bicc) Banquet Hall in Lilongwe where contestants are expected to strut it out in different categories, including intellectual excellence.
  • Fri - Apr 28, 2017: King James Phiri in Double Album Launch This Year - AllAfrica News: Malawi
    [Nyasa Times] Two years down the line after Gospel artist King James Phiri released his album Mukumane ndi Moyo Wanga which was a darling to many, he is back in the studios, now working on two albums.
  • Fri - Apr 28, 2017: Ruling Party Hits Back At Opposition for Politicising Arrests Over Fake VP Letter - AllAfrica News: Malawi
    [Nyasa Times] Ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has poked fun at opposition Peoples Party (PP) for suggesting the government is on a campaign to persecute the former ruling party followers and sympathisers.
  • Fri - Apr 28, 2017: Justice Minister Tembebu Calls for Joint Efforts in Corruption Fight - AllAfrica News: Malawi
    [Nyasa Times] Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Samuel Tembenu has called for joint efforts in the fight against corruption in the country.
  • Fri - Apr 28, 2017: Former President Joyce Banda's Sister Granted Bail - AllAfrica News: Malawi
    [Nyasa Times] Lilongwe Magisrtrate Court has ordered the release on bail of Cecilia Kumpukwe, sister to Malawi's former president, Joyce Banda and two others following their arrest in connection to a fake resignation letter allegedly written by Vice President Saulos Chilima.