NAM COUNTRY: MALAWI

MALAWI


Quick Facts

Official Name
The Republic of Malawi
Location
A landlocked country in south central Africa bordered by Tanzania to the north, the west and Mozambique to the east and south. Lake Malawi makes up over 1/5 of the total land area of 118,000 sq. km.
Capital
Lilongwe
Population
12.1 million (est. 2004)
Ethnicity
Main groups are Chewa and Angoni (Nguni)
Religion(s) Protestant, Roman Catholic, Muslim, indigenous beliefs, other beliefs
Languages
English, Chichewa
National Holiday
July 6, Independence Day
Government
Multi-party republic
Head of State
President Bingu wa Mutharika
Legal System
Based on English common law and customary law; judicial review of legislative acts in the Supreme Court of Appeal; accepts compulsory ICJ jurisdiction, with reservations
Currency
Kwacha. (221.01 MK = One Sterling Pound)
GDP
US$1.6 billion
Major industries
Include tobacco, tea, sugar, sawmill products and cement.
Main trading partners
Include South Africa, Germany, US, Zimbabwe, Netherlands, UK and Japan

President Bingu wa Mutharika