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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 which 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, culminating in MUTHARIKA quitting the political party on whose ticket he was elected into office. MUTHARIKA subsequently started his own party, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), and has continued with a halting anti-corruption campaign against abuses carried out under the previous regime. Increasing corruption, population growth, increasing pressure on agricultural lands, and the spread of HIV/AIDS pose major problems for the country.

Languages & Population

Approximate Population: 13,603,181

Nationality (Noun): Malawian(s)

Nationality (Adjective): Malawian

Official Language(s): Chichewa

Major Languages Spoken: Zulu, Chichewa

Map of Malawi

Country Facts

Country Name (long form): Republic of Malawi

Country Name (short form): Malawi

Country Name (local long form): Dziko la Malawi

Country Name (local short form): Malawi

Name of Capital: Lilongwe

UTC Time Difference (from capital): UTC+2 (7 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)

Countries Near by, and Bordering Malawi: Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique

Land Area: 94080 sq km

Water Area: 24400 sq km

Comparative Area: slightly smaller than Pennsylvania

Total Land Boundry: 2,881 km

Coastline: 0 km (landlocked)

National Holiday: Independence Day (Republic Day), 6 July (1964)

International Phone Code: 265

Currency Code: Malawian kwacha (MWK)

Internet Country Code: .mw

US Embassy Location: Area 40, Plot 24, Kenyatta Road

US Embassy Mailing Address: P. O. Box 30016, Lilongwe 3, Malawi


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