Ten fun facts about Malawi


Fact 1
Malawi used to be called Nyasaland before it changed its name. The country became a fully independent member of the British Commonwealth on July 6, 1964.

Fact 2
The capital of Malawi is Lilongwe (also called Green City) which is the 2nd largest city in the country. The largest city is Blantyre.

Fact 3
Maize was introduced into Malawi by the Portuguese and is still the staple grain of the country. The main crops that are exports are tea, sugar and tobacco.


Fact 4
Lake Malawi was once called the “lake of the Stars by David Livingstone, the famed Scottish explorer. It is the only country in the world that has a Carlsberg factory apart from Denmark.

Fact 5
The lowest point is the intersection between River Shire and the international boundary of Mozambique and the highest level is Sapitwa peak of Mount Mulanji.

Fact 6
The climate is sub-tropical and January to March is the rainy season. The colder months are from May to July. August to December is the dry season.

Fact 7
The natural resources are hydropower, limestone, uranium deposits, bauxite and coal.

Fact 8
The ethnic groups include Chewa, Tumbuka, Nyanja, Yao, Sena, Lomwe, Ngone, Tonga, Ngonde and others.

Fact 9
The major religions of the country are Christianity and Islam. The Malawian currency is Kwacha.

Fact 10
The official languages spoken in this country are English and Chichewa. The local languages are spoken in the districts.


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Short about Malawi
Is a landlocked country in the Sub-Saharan Africa bordered by Zambia to the North West, Tanzania to the North East and Mozambique on the East, South and West.


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Population
16,829,000

Sources
CIA The World Factbook



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