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Malawi is a landlocked, southern African country. It became the British protectorate in 1891 and attained independence in 1964. After three decades of one-party rule under President Kamuzu Banda, the country held multiparty elections in 1994 under a provisional constitution that came into full effect the following year. With limited resources and a largely unskilled work force, Malawi’s economy relies almost entirely on agriculture which makes it vulnerable to shocks such as adverse weather conditions and fluctuations in world commodity prices. The country remains one of the poorest and least developed in the world, and is highly dependent on donor support and economic assistance from international financial institutions.

Country Forecast
Major Cities
City Population
Blantyre 584,877
Lilongwe 646,750
Zomba 80,932
Key Data
Region : Africa
Population : 17,241,754
Area Total : 118,480 km2
Area Land : 94,080 km2
Coast Line : km
Capital : Lilongwe
Climate : Tropical, rainy season (November to May), dry season (May to November)
Languages : English (official)
Chichewa (official)
other regional languages
Currency : 1 Malawian kwacha (MK) = 100 tambala
Holiday : Republic Day is 6 July (1966), Mother's Day is 17 October, Kamuzu Day is 14 May
Average Daily TemperatureBoundaries
January : 21.60°C / 70.90°F
July : 15.20°C / 59.40°F
Annual Rainfall : 914.4mm / 36"
Mozambique 1569km
Zambia 837km
Tanzania 475km
Tanzania 475km
Ethnic DivisionsReligions
Chewa (Nyanja) 32%
Other 18%
Lomwe 16%
Yao 10%
Ngoni 8%
Tumbuka 7%
Ngonde 3%
Sena 3%
Tonga 2%
European and Asian 1%
Protestant 55%
Roman Catholic 20%
Muslim 20%
Indigenous beliefs 5%

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