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

Government: Unitary Parliamentary Absolute Diarchy

Current King: Mswati III


  • 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 Southern African Customs Union (SACU), and worker remittances from South Africa supplement domestically earned income.
  • Subsistence agriculture employs approximately 70% of the population.

Population: 1,467,152 (2017)

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

Major Ethnic Groups:

  • Swazi: 97%
  • European: 3%

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


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



  • Thu - Dec 13, 2018: COSATU to Help Evicted Swazi Sugar Cane Farmers - AllAfrica News: Swaziland
    [Fahamu] The President of South African trade federation COSATU met with Swazi sugar cane farmers and promised to help them regain control of their land from Swaziland's absolute monarch King Mswati III.
  • Wed - Dec 12, 2018: Education Ministry Reminds Swaziland Schools Beating of Children Is Banned - but It Is Still Widespread - AllAfrica News: Swaziland
    [Swazi Media] Teachers in Swaziland / eSwatini have been reminded in a new government policy statement that corporal punishment of children in schools is outlawed.
  • Wed - Dec 5, 2018: Simba Ease Past Mbabane Swallows - AllAfrica News: Swaziland
    [CAF] A four breeze at Mavuso Sports Centre saw visiting Simba ease past a hapless and lacklustre Mbabane Swallows in the Total CAF Champions League preliminary round second leg tie played here on Tuesday afternoon.
  • Mon - Dec 3, 2018: Simba - We Will Fight to Win - AllAfrica News: Swaziland
    [Daily News] TANZANIAN envoys in CAF Champions League, Simba left yesterday for Mbabane, Eswatini ahead of tomorrow return leg match against hosts Mbabane Swallows.
  • Fri - Nov 30, 2018: Simba Edge Mbabane Swallows in Dar - AllAfrica News: Swaziland
    [CAF] Tanzania champions, Simba started its Total CAF Champions league campaign well, beating Mbabane Swallows of Eswatini 4-1, in a preliminary round, first leg on Wednesday evening at the National Stadium, Dar es Salaam.