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Malawi

Capital:

Lilongwe

Government:

Unitary Presidential Republic

Population:

18,091,575

Currency:

Kwacha (720 Kwacha = 1 USD)

Time Zone:

CAT (UTC+2)


Common Language:

Chichewa

English: Chichewa: Hear it:
How are you? Muli Bwanji?
I am good (and you?) Ndilibwino (kay inu?)
How is your morning? Mwadzuka bwanji?
My morning is good (and you?) Ndadzuka bwino (kay inu?)
How is your day? Mwaswera bwanji?
My day is good (and you?) Ndaswera bwino (kay inu?)
See you later! Tionana!
Thank you (very much)! Zikomo (kwambiri)!
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Learn more about Education in Malawi:

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More Statistics:

Area:

118,484 sq km

Current President:

Peter Mutharika

Independence Day (Originally English Colony):

July 6, 1964

Population Growth Rate:

2.8% / year

Life Expectancy

52

Ethnic Groups

Chewa 32.6%, Lomwe 17.6%, Yao 13.5%, Other 36.3%

Additional Facts:

• Malawi is known as the “Warm Heart of Africa” for it's incredibly kind people.

• Malawi is a largely agricultural country. 84% of the population lives in rural areas, with more than 11 million engaged in small agricultural businesses. Agriculture accounts for one third of GDP and 90 percent of exports. Maize, rice, cassava, sweet potatoes, sorghum and groundnuts being the main crops, along with coffee, cotton, tea, sugar and tobacco are the principal cash crops.

• Ranked 171st out of 187 countries on the 2011 UNDP Human Development Index.

• Malawi has the highest number of child laborers in Africa. Green tobacco sickness, a type of nicotine poisoning, is not uncommon among Malawi's estimated 80,000 child tobacco workers.

Environment:

The most significant environmental issues are deforestation; soil degradation; and water pollution by agricultural run-off, sewage and industrial wastes.

Climate:

The tropical climate is tempered by altitude and cooler on the high plateaus. There are three seasons: a cool, dry season from mid-April to August; a warm, dry season from September to November; and a rainy season (receiving 90% of precipitation) from December to April. Most of the country is well watered,receiving 800–2,500mm of rain, with some areas in the high plateaus receiving 3,500mm annually.