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Destination Malawi, a virtual travel guide to the "Warm Heart of Africa". This page aims to give you a broad overview of Malawi's art, culture, people, environment, geography, history, economy and government.
Beside a country profile with facts and figures, the page contains links to sources which provide you with all the information you need to know about this African nation, e.g.: official web sites of Malawi, addresses of Malawian and foreign embassies, domestic airlines, city- and country guides with extensive travel and tourism information on accommodation, tourist attractions, events and more like weather information, maps, statistics and local newspapers from Malawi.

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Malawi chiefs chairs

Republic of Malawi

Country Profile

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Flag of Malawi


Malawis' predominantly rural population is comprised of various tribes that migrated from other parts of Africa. According to its gross national income (GNI) the Republic of Malawi is the poorest country in Africa, its economy is agro-based. There is a small tourism sector which is being primed for growth.
The former British protectorate of Nyasaland became the independent nation of Malawi in 1964. First democratic multiparty elections were held in 1994, after three decades of one-party rule. A provisional constitution, took full effect in 1995. In the 2004 elections the UDF party was voted in again for the third time since 1994.

border countries: Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia

related countries: United Kingdom
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Official Name:
Republic of Malawi
short form: Malawi
former: British Central African Protectorate, Nyasaland Protectorate, Nyasaland.

ISO Country Code: mw

Actual Time: Tue-May-30  05:33
Local Time = UTC +2h

Country Calling Code: +265

Capital City: Lilongwe (pop. 600 000)

Other Cities:
Blantyre (the country's commercial capital), Zomba, Mzuzu

Type: multi-party democracy.
Independence: July 6, 1964.
Constitution: May 18, 1995.

Location: Southeastern Africa
Area: 118,484 sq. km. (45,747 sq. mi.)
Terrain: Plateaus, highlands, and valleys. Lake Malawi (formerly referred to as Lake Nyasa) comprises about 20% of total area.

Climate: Predominately sub-tropical; two main seasons, cold-dry and hot-wet. The hot-wet season is from November to April.

Nationality: Noun and adjective--Malawian(s)
Population: 13.1 million (2008)
GNI per capita PPP: $ 596 (year)
Ethnic groups: Chewa, Nyanja, Tumbuka, Yao, Lomwe, Sena, Tonga, Ngoni, Ngonde, Asian, European.
Religions: Protestant 55%, Roman Catholic 20%, Muslim 20%, indigenous beliefs 3%, other 2%.
Languages: English (official), Chichewa (official), regional dialects, i.e., Chitumbuka, Chiyao, Chilomwe.
Literacy: total population 58%.

Natural resources: Limestone, uranium (potential), coal, bauxite, phosphates, graphite, granite, black granite, aquamarine, tourmaline, rubies, sapphires, rare earths.

Agriculture products: Tobacco, sugarcane, cotton, tea, corn, potatoes, cassava (tapioca), sorghum, pulses; groundnuts, Macadamia nuts; cattle, goats.

Industries: Tobacco, tea, sugar, sawmill products, cement, consumer goods.

Exports partners: South Africa 23.3%, USA 13.4%, Germany 11.3%, Egypt 5.7%, Portugal 4.8%, Japan 4.5%, Netherlands 4.1% (2003)

Imports partners: South Africa 53.7%, India 4.9%, Tanzania 3.9% (2003)

Currency: Kwacha (MWK)

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Official Sites of Malawi

Government of the Republic of Malawi
Official government home page.

Ministry of Information
Official web site offers Facts on Malawi.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation
Responsible for the foreign policy of the Government.

The National Statistical Office of Malawi

Malawi Meteorological Services
Malawi weather data.


profile Map of Malawi
Political Map of Malawi.
profile Administrative Map of Malawi
Map shows Malawi's administrative regions and districts.
Google Earth Google Earth Malawi
Searchable satellite view of Malawi.
Google Earth Google Earth Lilongwe
Searchable satellite view of Malawi's capital city.

Political Map of Africa
The 54 countries of Africa.
Map of Africa
A Relief Map of Africa.

Dogout Canoe
Lake Malawi - Fishing with Dogout Canoe

News Malawi
Regional Malawi News provided by
The Nation
Malawi News.
Weekly News
Malawi government publications.

Capital FM Malawi
Malawi radio station , provides news headlines.
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Business & Economy

National Bank of Malawi
Reserve Bank of Malawi

Malawi ISP
Malawi ISP, an UNDP funded Malawi Government Programme.

Air Malawi
The Malawi Airline

Destination Malawi - Travel and Tour Guides

Discover Malawi: Lilongwe, Blantyre, Kasungu, Kasungu National Park, Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, Lake Malawi
Accommodation, hotels, attractions, festivals, events, tourist boards, tours and much more.

Guide 2 Malawi
Another official Malawi Tourism Website.

Malawi Tourism
Comprehensive Malawi information by members of Malawi's travel and tourism industry.

Malawi Holiday
Comprehensive guide to Malawi.

MALAWI - The Warm Heart of Africa
Malawi's Tourism related information.

Travel and Tour Consumer Information


Chancellor College
Largest of the constituent colleges of the University of Malawi, located in Zomba.
Phoenix Primary School
International School, Blantyre.
Saint Andrews Primary School
International Primary School.
University of Malawi
Home page of the University of Malawi.
 Malawian kids
Malawian kids 

Environment & Nature

The Cichlid Fishes of Lake Malawi
Site devoted to the largest lake-fish fauna and the largest vertebrate species flock on earth.
National Parks & Game Reserves
Malawi's natural heritage.


History of Malwi
Brief History of Malwi by the Ministry of Information.
Malawi History
Brief History of Malwi by Africanet.

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