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 - Mar 23, 2017: Swazi Election Campaigning Illegal - AllAfrica News: Swaziland
    [Swazi Media] The Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) in Swaziland has warned people it is illegal to campaign for the national election until they have been given permission.
  • Wed - Mar 22, 2017: Security Forces 'Not Under Control' - AllAfrica News: Swaziland
    [Swazi Media] Security forces in Swaziland are not kept under proper control, a new report on human rights in the kingdom has revealed. And, about 35 percent of the entire Swazi Government workforce was assigned to security-related functions.
  • Tue - Mar 14, 2017: Swazi Group Slams SADC Over 'Inaction, Failure' in 'Ensuring Democracy' - AllAfrica News: Swaziland
    [News24Wire] A Swazi civil society group has criticised the Southern African Development Community (SADC) for its "inaction and failure in ensuring democracy" in the region.
  • Tue - Mar 14, 2017: Protest Threatened at Entry Points Over 'Rabidly Intolerant' Mswati Regime - AllAfrica News: Swaziland
    [News24Wire] A civil society group has threatened to stage a go slow protest at Swaziland's entry points to put pressure on King Mswati III to end what they say is a "rabidly intolerant regime" in that country.
  • Sat - Mar 11, 2017: Your 'Rabidly Intolerant Regime Is a Dismal Failure', King Mswati III Told - AllAfrica News: Swaziland
    [News24Wire] Civil society groups have demanded that Swaziland's absolute monarch repeal a 44 year decree banning political parties.