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

  • Sun - Apr 22, 2018: Swazi King Wears Suit of Diamonds - AllAfrica News: Swaziland
    [Swazi Media] In the month that India donated US$1 million to help feed starving children in Swaziland, King Mswati III, the kingdom's absolute monarch, wore a suit of diamonds weighing 6 kg and received a cake with 52 layers at his birthday party attended by 700 guests.
  • Fri - Apr 20, 2018: 'Experimental' Brave Warriors Stumble Against Swazi in Friendly - AllAfrica News: Swaziland
    [New Era] Windhoek -An experimental Brave Warriors side, strictly comprising locally based players, yesterday suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat against Swaziland in a friendly match in that country's city of Manzini.
  • Fri - Apr 20, 2018: Psychical Swaziland Beat Brave Warriors - AllAfrica News: Swaziland
    [Namibian] The physical appearance of Swaziland coupled with seven new players in the Brave Warriors squad contributed to their 1-0 defeat against the hosts in Manzini in a friendly match on Thursday evening.
  • Fri - Apr 20, 2018: Swaziland Name Change - How Much Will it Cost? - AllAfrica News: Swaziland
    [allAfrica] Cape Town -King Mswati III has announced that Swaziland's name has been changed to 'eSwatini', Deutsche Welle reports. The 50-year-old monarch made the declaration during the country's independence day celebrations, marking 50 years since its autonomy from British colonial rule.
  • Fri - Apr 20, 2018: King Unilaterally Renames Swaziland - AllAfrica News: Swaziland
    [Swazi Media] King Mswati III of Swaziland demonstrated on Thursday his ability to rule as an autocratic monarch by unilaterally renaming his kingdom on his 50th birthday.