• Malawi


    Malawi is one of the world’s most densely populated and least-developed countries. The economy is predominately agricultural, with about 80% of the population living in rural areas. The sector accounts for about one-third of GDP and 90% of export revenues. The performance of the tobacco industry is key to short-term growth as tobacco contributes more than half of exports.

    Name Republic of Malawi

    Capital Lilongwe

    Frequency of elections Every five years

    Name of parliament Parliament of Malawi

    Parliament website www.parliament.gov.mw

    Languages Chichewa, Chinyanja, Chiyao, Chisena, Chitumbuka, Chilomwe, Chitonga, Chinkhonde, Chingoni, Chinyakyusa, Chilambya, English

    Area 118 484 km2

    Population 17 377 468 (July 2014 est)

    Imports Food, petroleum products, semi-manufactured goods, consumer goods, transportation equipment

    Exports Tobacco, tea, sugar, cotton, coffee, peanuts, wood products, apparel

    Currency Malawian kwacha

    Source: CIA World Factbook
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