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Swaziland

Background

Swaziland

Autonomy for the Swazis of southern Africa was guaranteed by the British in the late 19th century; independence was granted in 1968. Student and labor unrest during the 1990s pressured King MSWATI III, the world's last absolute monarch, to grudgingly allow political reform and greater democracy, although he has backslid on these promises in recent years. A constitution came into effect in 2006, but political parties remain banned. The African United Democratic Party tried unsuccessfully to register as an official political party in mid 2006. Talks over the constitution broke down between the government and progressive groups in 2007. Swaziland recently surpassed Botswana as the country with the world's highest known HIV/AIDS prevalence rate.

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Swaziland is a country in Southern Africa, land locked by South Africa in its west and Mozambique in the east. Swaziland's monarchy is one of the oldest in Africa.

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SwazilandHappy Valley Hotel Ezulwini 

Old Manzini Highway
Opposite Gables Shopping Complex
Mbabane H105
Swaziland

Price (US$): $106 - $135 / night

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Location. Happy Valley Hotel Ezulwini is located in Mbabane, close to Somholo National Stadium. Regional points of interest also include Waterford Kamhlaba United World College.  more »

SwazilandPiggs Peak Hotel and Casino 

King Mswati 2nd Highway
Piggs Peak H108
Swaziland

Price (US$): $181 - $182 / night

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Location. Located in Piggs Peak, Piggs Peak Hotel and Casino is in a state/national park. Hotel Features. Dining options at Piggs Peak Hotel and Casino include 2 restaurants. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool and a fitness facility. Complimentary wireless and wired high speed Internet access is available in public areas. This Piggs Peak property has 5 meeting rooms. For a surcharge, the property offers a roundtrip airport shuttle at scheduled… more »

SwazilandKapola Boutique Hotel 

Malagwane Hill (next to mR3)
Mbabane H100
Swaziland

Price (US$): $134 - $135 / night

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Location. Located in Mbabane, Kapola Boutique Hotel is near the airport and Waterford Kamhlaba United World College and Somholo National Stadium are local attractions. Hotel Features. This 3 star property offers small meeting rooms and audiovisual equipment. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. This Mbabane property has 28 square meters of event space consisting of a conference center, banquet facilities, and conference/meeting rooms. For a surcharge, shuttle… more »

SwazilandMantenga Lodge 

2 Mantenga Falls Road
Ezulwini
Mbabane H106
Swaziland

Price (US$): $53 - $74 / night

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Location. Located in Mbabane, Mantenga Lodge is a business friendly hotel in the mountains and close to Somholo National Stadium. Regional points of interest also include Waterford Kamhlaba United World College. Hotel Features. Mantenga Lodge features a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available. The hotel serves a complimentary full breakfast each morning in the restaurant. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool. This 3 star property has a business center and offers a… more »

SwazilandMountain Inn 

Msebe Cres
Mbabane H100
Swaziland

Price (US$): $109 - $129 / night

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Location. Located in Mbabane, Mountain Inn is a business friendly hotel in the business district and local attractions include Waterford Kamhlaba United World College. Regional points of interest also include Somholo National Stadium. Hotel Features. Mountain Inn features a coffee shop/cafĂ©, a poolside bar, and a bar/lounge. Room service is available during limited hours. The hotel serves a complimentary breakfast. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a children's pool, and a… more »

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Swaziland

Full name
Kingdom of Swaziland
Capital
Mbabane
Location

Southern Africa, between Mozambique and South Africa

Geographic coordinates

26 30 S, 31 30 E

Area comparative

slightly smaller than New Jersey

Border countries

Mozambique 105 km, South Africa 430 km

Coastline

0 km (landlocked)

Climate

varies from tropical to near temperate

Terrain

mostly mountains and hills; some moderately sloping plains

Lowest point

Great Usutu River 21 m

Highest point

Emlembe 1,862 m

Natural resources

asbestos, coal, clay, cassiterite, hydropower, forests, small gold and diamond deposits, quarry stone, and talc

Population

1,354,051

Ethnic groups

African 97%, European 3%

Religions

Zionist 40% (a blend of Christianity and indigenous ancestral worship), Roman Catholic 20%, Muslim 10%, other (includes Anglican, Bahai, Methodist, Mormon, Jewish) 30%

Languages

English (official, government business conducted in English), siSwati (official)

Government type

monarchy

Independence

6 September 1968 (from the UK)

National holiday

Independence Day, 6 September (1968)

Chief of state

King MSWATI III (since 25 April 1986)

Head of government

Prime Minister Barnabas Sibusiso DLAMINI (since 16 October 2008)

Internet country code

.sz

Internet users

90,100 (2009)

Airports

15 (2010)

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