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)



  • Mon - May 10, 2021: Total 86 Health Workers Die From Coronavirus At Single Swaziland Hospital - AllAfrica News: Swaziland
    [Swazi Media] A total of 86 health workers, including doctors, nurses and paramedics, died of coronavirus at a single hospital in Swaziland (eSwatini).
  • Sat - May 8, 2021: Swaziland Runs Out of Covid-19 Vaccines, Only 35,000 People Treated - AllAfrica News: Swaziland
    [Swazi Media] Only 35,000 of Swaziland's 1.2 million population have received their first vaccination against coronavirus and the kingdom has run out. The Acting Prime Minister Themba Masuku said more were expected.
  • Sat - May 8, 2021: Zulu Queen's Eldest Son Named Next Monarch - AllAfrica News: Swaziland
    [DW] Prince Misuzulu -- whose name means "strengthening the Zulus" -- will take over as the next Zulu king, according to the will of his mother and regent queen. The announcement led to chaos at the royal palace.
  • Sat - May 8, 2021: Zulu Regent's Will Names New King - AllAfrica News: Swaziland
    [IFP] Statement by the Hon. Mr VF Hlabisa MPL, President of the IFP and Leader of the Official Opposition In Kwazulu Natal:
  • Sat - May 8, 2021: Battle Royale in the Zulu Nation Succession - AllAfrica News: Swaziland
    [East African] Queen Mantfombi Dlamini-Zulu, 68, was buried at the crack of dawn on Thursday May 6, at a secret location in accordance with Zulu royal practices. But this has not given any rest to the Zulu nation.