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 - Jan 18, 2018: Human Rights Watch Calls Out Six Nations on Violations - AllAfrica News: Swaziland
    [HRW] Johannesburg -Southern African governments clamped down on vocal journalists, activists, and opposition politicians in 2017, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2018 .
  • Thu - Jan 18, 2018: Swaziland Civil Liberties Worsen - AllAfrica News: Swaziland
    [Swazi Media] Civil liberties in Swaziland have deteriorated in the past year, a leading global freedom group has reported.
  • Mon - Jan 15, 2018: Swaziland Near Last for Human Rights - AllAfrica News: Swaziland
    [Swazi Media] Swaziland's economy is in free fall and the infrastructure of the kingdom ruled by King Mswati III as sub-Saharan Africa's last absolute monarch is crumbling. Government bills go unpaid and the health service is near collapse. There is no money to pay state pensions to those who reach the eligible age of 60 this year. Public servants have been on strike and look certain to do so again in the coming months. Members of the Swaziland Amy with the support of their commanders have systematically sexually assaul
  • Tue - Jan 9, 2018: Schools Crisis Over Christian Teaching - AllAfrica News: Swaziland
    [Swazi Media] Swaziland's schools are in crisis because of lack of funds and teachers, the kingdom's Minister of Education and Training Phineas Magagula said.
  • Sun - Jan 7, 2018: 'Editor Flees After Death Threat' - AllAfrica News: Swaziland
    [Swazi Media] Swazi editor Zweli Martin Dlamini has fled to neighbouring South Africa after he received death threats. He had written a story about absolute monarch King Mswati III's shady dealings in the telecommunications industry, writes Kenworthy News Media.