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

  • Tue - May 23, 2017: Swazi Drug Shortage Crisis Deepens - AllAfrica News: Swaziland
    [Swazi Media] Parliamentarians in Swaziland have given the government seven days to sort out the drugs shortage crisis crippling public health facilities in the kingdom.
  • Mon - May 22, 2017: Probe Into 'Inhumane' Jail Conditions - AllAfrica News: Swaziland
    [Swazi Media] A United Nations group is investigating prison conditions in Swaziland amid reports of inhumane conditions.
  • Mon - May 22, 2017: Golf - Sunshine Tour Title No. 2 for Bekker in Swaziland - AllAfrica News: Swaziland
    [Sascoc] Oliver Bekker won his second title of the Sunshine Tour season when he took a play-off victory in the Lombard Insurance Classic at the Royal Swazi Sun Country Club on Sunday.
  • Sun - May 21, 2017: Indaba 2017 Showcases the Best of African Tourism - AllAfrica News: Swaziland
    [Deutsche Welle] The annual tourism exhibtion plays host to more than 20 African countries seeking to endorse the natural beauty and culture they have to offer international visitors.
  • Thu - May 18, 2017: Rangers Shoot Dead Another Man - AllAfrica News: Swaziland
    [Swazi Media] Game rangers in Swaziland shot dead a 'mentally challenged' man they suspected of poaching in what the newspaper in effect owned by King Mswati III called 'cold blooded murder.'