- Lilongwe; 587,000
- 118,484 square kilometers (45,747 square miles)
- English, Chichewa
- Protestant, Roman Catholic, Muslim
- Malawian kwacha
- Life Expectancy:
- GDP per Capita:
- U.S. $600
- Literacy Percent:
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Malawi lies landlocked in southeast Africa, with Lake Malawi taking up about a fifth of the landscape. Independent from Britain since 1964, it endured the one-party rule of President for Life Hastings Kamuzu Banda for more than 25 years. Democratic elections in 1994 ushered in new leadership of this country, nearly self-sufficient in food. Transportation costs for exports skyrocketed as a result of civil war in next-door Mozambique, which disrupted rail links to the sea. Since the 1992 peace accord in Mozambique, rail links have been reestablished, and Malawi is slowly recovering.
- Industry: Tobacco, tea, sugar, sawmill products
- Agriculture: Tobacco, sugarcane, cotton, tea; groundnuts; cattle
- Exports: Tobacco, tea, sugar, cotton, coffee
—Text From National Geographic Atlas of the World, Eighth Edition
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