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Malawi, a landlocked country in southeastern Africa, is defined by its topography of highlands split by the Great Rift Valley and enormous Lake Malawi. The lake’s southern end falls within Lake Malawi National Park – sheltering diverse wildlife from colorful fish to baboons – and its clear waters are popular for diving and boating. Peninsular Cape Maclear is known for its beach resorts.

Languages: Chichewa 57.2% (official), Chinyanja 12.8%, Chiyao 10.1%, Chitumbuka 9.5%, Chisena 2.7%, Chilomwe 2.4%, Chitonga 1.7%, other 3.6%

Ethnic Groups: Chewa 32.6%, Lomwe 17.6%, Yao 13.5%, Ngoni 11.5%, Tumbuka 8.8%, Nyanja 5.8%, Sena 3.6%, Tonga 2.1%, Ngonde 1%, other 3.5%

Belief Systems: Christian 79.9%, Muslim 12.8%, other 3%, none 4.3%


Population: 17 million people (World Rank: 64th) (2014 estimate)
Population Density: 467 people/mi^2 (People per Square Mile) (World Rank: 76th) (2014 estimate)
Population Growth: 3.3 %/yr (World Rank: 5th) (2013 estimate)
Life Expectancy: 55.3 years (World Rank: 212th) (2013 estimate)
Median Age: 16.9 years (World Rank: 188th) (2010 estimate)

Sites for More Information:

Map of Malawi
Map from the Cartographic Division of the United Nations

United Nations Country Profile for Malawi

Wikipedia Entry for Malawi

Current News in Malawi

Malawi - Facts and Information 1
United Nations Economic Commision for Africa African Information Society Initiative

Malawi - Facts and Information 2
Columbia Encyclopedia Entry for Malawi

Malawi - Facts and Information 3
The World Factbook Entry for Malawi

Culture and Tourism:

Traveling to Malawi 1
Comprehensive travel information from africaguide.com

Traveling to Malawi 2

Events in Malawi

Travel Guide for Malawi
Wikitravel Entry for Malawi

Language Resources:

Chichewa Vocabulary

Chichewa alphabet, prounciation, and language
from omniglot.com

Chichewa Language Games
from digitaldialects.com

Government Related:

Embassy of Malawi
in Washington D.C.

Government Websites of Malawi
Directory of government Websites and other links by Gunnar Anzinger

Local Weather Conditions

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