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

  • Fri - Jul 21, 2017: Foreigners Barred From Businesses - AllAfrica News: Swaziland
    [Swazi Media] Foreigners will be barred from operating 31 types of businesses in Swaziland if the unelected government in the kingdom gets its way.
  • Wed - Jul 19, 2017: South Africa's ANC Wants SADC Swazi Rights Probe - AllAfrica News: Swaziland
    [Swazi Media] South Africa's African National Congress has called for Swaziland to be investigated by SADC for abuse of human rights.
  • Mon - Jul 17, 2017: Zambia Put Four Past Swaziland - AllAfrica News: Swaziland
    [CAF] Visiting Zambia's 4-0 win left Swaziland deep in the red after the Total African Nations Championship (CHAN) Kenya 2018 qualifier first leg played at Somhlolo National Stadium on Sunday.
  • Mon - Jul 17, 2017: 'Women's Jail Booze Cover-Up' - AllAfrica News: Swaziland
    [Swazi Media] A newspaper in Swaziland is alleging there has been a cover-up at a women's jail where a senior officer has been illegally supplying alcohol.
  • Sun - Jul 16, 2017: Bullets Massacre Swaziland 4-0 in CHAN Qualifier - AllAfrica News: Swaziland
    [Zambia Reports] Chipolopolo coach Wedson Nyirenda has inspired Zambia's local lads to an emphatic 4-0 win over Swaziland in a CHAN Qualifier.