Swaziland

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INFORMATION

Capital: Lobamba (royal/legislative,) Mbabane (administrative)

Government: Unitary Parliamentary Absolute Diarchy

Current King: Mswati III

Economy:

  • Surrounded by South Africa, except for a short border with Mozambique, Swaziland depends heavily on South Africa from which it receives more than 90% of its imports and to which it sends 60% of its exports.
  • The government is heavily dependent on customs duties from the Souther African Customs Union (SACU), and worker remittances from South Africa supplement domestically earned income.
  • Subsistence agriculture employs approximately 70% of the population.

Population: 1,420,000

Land Size: 17,364 sq km (6,704 sq miles)

Major Ethic Groups:

  • Swazi: 97%
  • European: 3%
Religions:

  • Zionist (a blend of Christianity and African Traditional Religions): 40%
  • Roman Catholic: 20%
  • Muslim: 10%
  • Other (includes Anglican, Baha’i, Methodist, Mormon, Jewish): 30%

Language(s):

  • English (official, used for government business)
  • siSwati (official)

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RECENT NEWS

  • Thu - Aug 17, 2017: Swazi King Wrong On Constitution - AllAfrica News: Swaziland
    [Swazi Media] King Mswati III, Swaziland's absolute monarch, mislead when he told a television reporter that the constitution in his kingdom was the will of the people.
  • Thu - Aug 17, 2017: Zuma to Take Over SADC Chairmanship From Swaziland's Mswati III - AllAfrica News: Swaziland
    [News24Wire] President Jacob Zuma, will this weekend take over the rotating chairmanship of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) from Swaziland's King Mswati III
  • Thu - Aug 17, 2017: Regional Lawyers Stand Up for Justice - AllAfrica News: Swaziland
    [Legalbrief] Lawyers and their organisations continue in the forefront of Africa's democratic struggles - that much was clear from this year's conference of the SADC Lawyers Association, held in Gaborone, Botswana.
  • Wed - Aug 16, 2017: Swazi King's University Flop - AllAfrica News: Swaziland
    [Swazi Media] King Mswati III failed in his promise to have a new SADC-wide university up and running in Swaziland before his time as chair of the organisation ends this week (August 2017).
  • Fri - Aug 11, 2017: Swazi Schools Hunger Continues - AllAfrica News: Swaziland
    [Swazi Media] Members of parliament in Swaziland have accused a government ministry of lying in a report on severe hunger in the kingdom's schools.