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 - Sep 21, 2017: Swazi Textile Workers Exploited - AllAfrica News: Swaziland
    [Swazi Media] A trade union drive is underway in Swaziland to recruit workers in the kingdom's notorious textile industry.
  • Wed - Sep 20, 2017: Poverty Forces Girls Into Sex Work - AllAfrica News: Swaziland
    [Swazi Media] Poverty is forcing girls in Swaziland to drop out of school and become sex workers, according to a media report.
  • Tue - Sep 19, 2017: Harambee Starlets Beat Swaziland - AllAfrica News: Swaziland
    [Nation] Harambee Starlets on Monday beat Swaziland 1-0 in their final preliminary match on the ongoing Cosafa Women's Championship match at the 10,000-seater Luveve Stadium in Bulawayo.
  • Tue - Sep 19, 2017: Starlets Beat Swazis to Book Zimbabwe in Cosafa Semi - AllAfrica News: Swaziland
    [Capital FM] Nairobi -Mercy Achieng's sublime 89th minute goal handed Kenya's Harambee Starlets a 1-0 win over Swaziland to book a date with hosts Zimbabwe in the semi-final of the COSAFA Women's Championship on Thursday.
  • Thu - Sep 14, 2017: School Children 'Face Starvation' - Report - AllAfrica News: Swaziland
    [Swazi Media] Children in Swaziland must 'brace themselves for starvation', according to a head teacher as once again the government has failed to deliver food to schools.