About Malawi

Malawi is a sub-Saharan land locked country located between Zambia, Tanzania and Mozambique. Known as ‘the warm heart of Africa’, Malawi has been recognised as one of the poorest countries in the world.

Capital: Lilongwe.

Official currency used: Kwacha.

Main languages: English and Chichewa, (spoken by 52% of the population).

Main Industries in Malawi: Tea, tobacco, sugar, sawmill products, cement, consumer goods, tobacco, sugarcane, cotton, tea, corn, potatoes, cassava (tapioca), sorghum, pulses, cattle, goats.

Main Trading Partners: US, South Africa, Germany, Japan, Zimbabwe, UK.

Population: 17.2million (2015 World Bank), growing at 3.1% per year

  • 0 – 14 years old = 45%
  • 15 – 64 years old = 52%
  • 65+ years old = 3%

Life expectancy at birth:

  • Females – 62 years
  • Males – 60 years

48% of children in Malawi are chronically malnourished.

42% of the population are illiterate.

1% of the population go to University.

Malawi has two distinct seasons: a wet, warm season and a dryer, cooler season. The wet, rainy season runs from October to April, while the dry season runs from May to September.

Individuals using the Internet in 2014 (%): 5.8% (estimate)

7% of the population have electricity.

Malawi has competed at eight Olympics but never won a medal. At the Commonwealth Games, it won three bronze medals, all for boxing.

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