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Capital: Mbabane

Government: Monarchy

Current King: Mswati III


  • 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%

  • Zionist (a blend of Christianity and African Traditional Religions): 40%
  • Roman Catholic: 20%
  • Muslim: 10%
  • Other (includes Anglican, Baha’i, Methodist, Mormon, Jewish): 30%


  • English (official, used for government business)
  • siSwati (official)



  • Mon - Feb 20, 2017: King's Role in Schools Chaos Ignored - AllAfrica News: Swaziland
    [Swazi Media] A command made by Swaziland's autocratic King Mswati III that schools must not charge parents top-up fees is about to be overturned following years of confusion.
  • Mon - Feb 13, 2017: King's Bogus Claim On Democracy - AllAfrica News: Swaziland
    [Swazi Media] A campaign of misinformation has begun in Swaziland to convince people that it is a democratic kingdom when it is not.
  • Wed - Feb 8, 2017: 250,000 Swazi Still Need Food Aid - AllAfrica News: Swaziland
    [Swazi Media] At the same time that King Mswati III told his subjects that Swaziland had been saved from the drought because people believed in God, the World Food Program reported 250,000 Swazi people would need assistance with food until at least March 2017.
  • Tue - Feb 7, 2017: Hunger Forces Schools to Close Early - AllAfrica News: Swaziland
    [Swazi Media] Teachers across Swaziland are reporting that schools are forced to close early because there is no food to feed children.
  • Mon - Jan 30, 2017: HM the King Receives Swaziland Ambassador, Bearer of Message From Swaziland King - AllAfrica News: Swaziland
    [MAP] Addis Ababa -HM King Mohammed VI received, Sunday in Addis Ababa, Swaziland's ambassador to Ethiopia, Promise Msibi, bearer of a message to the Sovereign from King Mswati III of Swaziland.