Swaziland (Eswatini)



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Capital: Lobamba (royal/legislative,) Mbabane (administrative)

Government: Unitary Parliamentary Absolute Diarchy

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 Southern African Customs Union (SACU), and worker remittances from South Africa supplement domestically earned income.
  • Subsistence agriculture employs approximately 70% of the population.

Population: 1,104,479 (2020)

Land Size: 17,364 sq km (6,704 sq miles)

Major Ethnic 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)



  • Fri - Nov 27, 2020: Swazi People Face Up to Two Years Jail for Breaking Coronavirus Rules On Gatherings - AllAfrica News: Swaziland
    [Swazi Media] People in Swaziland (eSwatini) face jail terms of up to two years if they break coronavirus regulations on the size of gatherings under new measures.
  • Mon - Nov 23, 2020: Swaziland Ends Coronavirus National Emergency but Restrictions Stay in Place - AllAfrica News: Swaziland
    [Swazi Media] The national emergency introduced in Swaziland (eSwatini) in response to the coronavirus pandemic has been ended but restrictions remain in place.
  • Wed - Nov 18, 2020: Eswatini Makes Progress On Climate Thanks to Crucial Partnership Support - AllAfrica News: Swaziland
    [IPS] Mbabane -- Barry de Maine, the director of Green Cross Pharmacy, lost about $ 7,675 worth of stock when The Mall, the largest shopping centre in Mbabane, was flooded back in 2003. But when the flash floods hit again this year, he had already installed a flange to stop water from coming in.
  • Wed - Nov 18, 2020: Eswatini Held By Congo - AllAfrica News: Swaziland
    [Cosafa] Eswatini's hopes of a first ever place at the Africa Cup of Nations final ended on Monday after they were held to goalless draw by Congo at the Mavuso Sports Centre in Manzini on Monday.
  • Wed - Nov 18, 2020: Eswatini Looking to Build On Solid 2019 Showing - AllAfrica News: Swaziland
    [Cosafa] Eswatini will hope to build on a strong showing at the 2019 COSAFA Men's Under-17 Championship when they take part in the 2020 edition that starts in Nelson Mandela Bay on Thursday.