Updated 14 September 2012
Republic of Malawi is located in the south of the African Continent, with a population of 16,323,044 , making it the
5th largest national population. Its capital is Lilongwe and its largest city is Blantyre with a total population of
728,285. The country encompasses 118,480 square kilometers making it the 99th largest country in total area. It
shares boundaries with Tanzania, Mozambique and Zambia.

President Joyce
Hilda Banda is recognized as the Chief of State and Head of Government and along with Vice
President Khumbo Hastings K
achali, achieves that status through popular vote and holds that position for five years.  
Former President Bingu wa Mutharika died on 5 April 2012 and Vice President Joyce Banda was subsequently sworn
in on 7 April 2012.
Its form of government is a multi-party democracy and they celebrate the creation of their
constitution on 18th of May 1994.

The languages commonly or officially spoken are Chichewa, Chinwanja, Chiyao, Chitumbuka, Chisena, Chilomwe,
Chitonega, and other. It counts among its major religions Christian, Muslim, other, and none communication it has 9
AM, 5 FM, 2 Short Wave and 1 Television stations.

Major geographical features are Sapitwa, its highest point at 3,002 meters and Shire River junction, its lowest point at
37 meters. Its principal waterway is Lake Nyasa/Shire River, which measures 700 kilometers.

Major industries providing for the bulk of their Gross Domestic Product (GDP) are tobacco, tea, sugar, sawmill
products, cement and consumer goods. Its official currency is Malawian Kwacha.

Here’s something you may not know about Malawi. The islands of Lakoma and Chizamala belong to Malawi but lie
entirely within Mozambique territorial waters forming maritime exclave.
Children on the shore
of Lake Nyasa
Chitimba Beach on
Lake Nyasa
Mountain view from
Elephants in the
Kasugu Reserve
Fishing boats and nets
on Senga Bay on Lake
Market at Blantyre-
Malawi's largest city
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Girl preparing
Cassava- a staple of
the Malawian diet
Chisimulu and Likoma
Islands on Lake
Nyasa- they belong to
Malawi but are actually
in Mozambique
Lilongwe- Malawi's
capital city
Malawian woman in
traditional clothing
Monkey Bay and Cape
McLear National Park
on Malawi's Lake Nyasa
Sapitwa (Mount
Mlanje)- Malawi's
highest point
Blantyre- Malawi's
largest city
Dinosaur parading
through Karonga- a
major archeological
site in Malawi near the
Tanzania border
Hippos in the Shire
River near the
Mozambique border-
Malawi's lowest point
A women's group in
Mchinji near Malawi's
easternmost point on
the border with Zambia
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Adult Prevalence Rate:

People Living with HIV/AIDS:

HIV/AIDS Deaths:
11% (2009 est.)


Mafinga Hills- Malawi's
northernmost point on
the border with Zambia
Shire River at Nsanje-
Malawi's southernmost
point on the border
with Mozambique
Shire Highlands-
Malawi's easternmost
point on the border
with Mozambique
Nyika National Park
near the northern
border with Zambia