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Malawi

Background

Malawi

Established in 1891, the British protectorate of Nyasaland became the independent nation of Malawi in 1964. After three decades of one-party rule under President Hastings Kamuzu BANDA the country held multiparty elections in 1994, under a provisional constitution that came into full effect the following year. Current President Bingu wa MUTHARIKA, elected in May 2004 after a failed attempt by the previous president to amend the constitution to permit another term, struggled to assert his authority against his predecessor and subsequently started his own party, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in 2005. As president, MUTHARIKA has overseen economic improvement but because of political deadlock in the legislature, his minority party has been unable to pass significant legislation, and anti-corruption measures have stalled. Population growth, increasing pressure on agricultural lands, corruption, and the spread of HIV/AIDS pose major problems for Malawi. MUTHARIKA was reelected to a second term in May 2009.

About

Malawi (Chichewa: Malaŵi) is a country in Africa, bordered by Mozambique to the south and east, Tanzania to the north, Zambia to the west. Lake Malawi, the third largest lake in Africa, runs along most of its eastern border. It's described as the "Warm Heart of Africa", referring to the friendliness of the people.

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Malawi

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Lilongwe
Malawi

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Chilembwe Road
Lilongwe
Malawi

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Malawi

Full name
Republic of Malawi
Capital
Lilongwe
Location

Southern Africa, east of Zambia

Geographic coordinates

13 30 S, 34 00 E

Area comparative

slightly smaller than Pennsylvania

Border countries

Mozambique 1,569 km, Tanzania 475 km, Zambia 837 km

Coastline

0 km (landlocked)

Climate

sub-tropical; rainy season (November to May); dry season (May to November)

Terrain

narrow elongated plateau with rolling plains, rounded hills, some mountains

Lowest point

junction of the Shire River and international boundary with Mozambique 37 m

Highest point

Sapitwa (Mount Mlanje) 3,002 m

Natural resources

limestone, arable land, hydropower, unexploited deposits of uranium, coal, and bauxite

Population

15,447,500

Ethnic groups

Chewa, Nyanja, Tumbuka, Yao, Lomwe, Sena, Tonga, Ngoni, Ngonde, Asian, European

Religions

Christian 79.9%, Muslim 12.8%, other 3%, none 4.3% (1998 census)

Languages

Chichewa 57.2% (official), Chinyanja 12.8%, Chiyao 10.1%, Chitumbuka 9.5%, Chisena 2.7%, Chilomwe 2.4%, Chitonga 1.7%, other 3.6% (1998 census)

Government type

multiparty democracy

Independence

6 July 1964 (from the UK)

National holiday

Independence Day (Republic Day), 6 July (1964)

Chief of state

President Bingu wa MUTHARIKA (since 24 May 2004); note - the president is both the chief of state and head of government

Head of government

President Bingu wa MUTHARIKA (since 24 May 2004)

Internet country code

.mw

Internet users

716,400 (2009)

Airports

32 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Chipoka, Monkey Bay, Nkhata Bay, Nkhotakota, Chilumba

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