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
- 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.