Geography: Southern Africa, east of Zambia, west and north of Mozambique
Capitol City: Lilongwe
President: Her Excellency President Joyce BANDA
Currency: Malawian Kwacha (MWK)
Government: Multiparty Democracy
Percentage of arable land irrigated: 2%
Main crop grown: Corn
Number of droughts in the last decade: 4
Population: 17 million
Population infected with HIV/AIDS : 10.8% (adult rate)

Number of children orphaned by AIDS: 770,000

People at risk due to drought in 2005-06: 5 million
Language: Chichewa, English

Interesting Facts:

  • Lake Malawi is the third largest lake in Africa.
  • Malawi shares Lake Malawi (Lake Nyasa) with Tanzania and Mozambique.
  • Lake Malawi is often called the “Lake of Stars” because of the glittering produced by reflected light.
  • Maize, the staple food in Malawi, is not a native plant of the country but was introduced toMalawi by the Portuguese at the end of the eighteenth century.
  • Malawi once was known as Nyasaland.
  • The town of Zomba became the administrative capital of the British colonists.
  • Malawi declared independence in 1964 and became a republic in 1966.
  • Dr. Hastings Kamuzu Banda was the first president of the Republic of Malawi. He and current President Joyce Banda are not related.
  • Malawi is a member of the Commonwealth.
  • In 2002 around thirteen million people in Southern Africa faced severe food shortages.Countries particularly affected were Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Food shortages were announced again in 2005.
  • Her Excellency President Joyce Banda is the first female to hold the office of President of Malawi.

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