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 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%
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

  • Mon - Jul 30, 2018: All Systems Go for #TheTotalShutdown March, No Men Allowed On the Ground - AllAfrica News: Swaziland
    [News24Wire] Organisers of the #TheTotalShutdown march say they only want women and gender non-conforming individuals (GNC) on the ground during the event.
  • Fri - Jul 20, 2018: Young Warriors, eSwatini Lock Horns - AllAfrica News: Swaziland
    [The Herald] The Young Warriors are in bullish mood ahead of their first Cosafa Championships group match in Mauritius this morning, although they expect a tough duel against Swaziland. The Zimbabwe national Under-17 football team, which arrived on the resort Indian Ocean island on Sunday, believe they have thoroughly prepared for the clash.
  • Wed - Jul 18, 2018: King's Airport Fails to Attract Airlines - AllAfrica News: Swaziland
    [Swazi Media] Swaziland's King Mswati III airport dubbed a vanity project for the King and a white elephant has failed to attract any new airlines in the four years since it opened, the kingdom's civil aviation authority has admitted.
  • Tue - Jul 17, 2018: Kingdom Will Never Be the Same Again - AllAfrica News: Swaziland
    [Swazi Media] Swaziland might never be the same again. King Mswati III demonstrated his absolute power by renaming his kingdom Eswatini. He did this during the so-called 50-50 Celebrations to mark his own 50th birthday and the half-century of Swaziland's independence from Great Britain. The King also made headlines when he wore a watch worth $1.6 million and a suit beaded with diamonds at his birthday party. His lavish spending is notorious; days earlier he took delivery of his second private jet, this one costing about
  • Tue - Jul 17, 2018: Minister Demands Journalist's Arrest - AllAfrica News: Swaziland
    [Swazi Media] The Health Minister of Swaziland / Eswatini Sibongile Ndlela-Simelane called on police to arrest a journalist who was photographing government ministers' cars outside the Deputy Prime Minister's office.