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 - Nov 23, 2017: King 'Exploits Forced Child Workers' - Report - AllAfrica News: Swaziland
    [Swazi Media] King Mswati III, the absolute monarch in Swaziland, has been named in an global report on human trafficking for forcing children to work in his fields.
  • Thu - Nov 23, 2017: Graca Machel Urges Better Nutrition for Mothers, Children - AllAfrica News: Swaziland
    [allAfrica] Cape Town -One of every four children under five years old in southern Africa suffers from stunted growth in that they are too short for their age, often as a result of inadequate nutrition.
  • Thu - Nov 9, 2017: Kwesé to Give One Lucky Winner Trip to NBA All-Star Weekend in LA - AllAfrica News: Swaziland
    [Capital FM] Nairobi -Zimbabwean satellite and broadcasting network Kwesé TV will be giving one super fan a once in a lifetime experience chance to win an all-expenses paid trip with a partner to the All-Star Weekend 2018 in Los Angeles, California.
  • Sat - Nov 4, 2017: School 'Turns Poor Children Away' - AllAfrica News: Swaziland
    [Swazi Media] Parents at a primary school in Swaziland want the principal to quit after turning poor pupils away.
  • Thu - Oct 26, 2017: Ex-MP Sues for 'Jail Assault' - AllAfrica News: Swaziland
    [Swazi Media] A former member of the Swaziland parliament is suing the kingdom's jail services, alleging he was assaulted while an inmate at a correctional facility.