Malawi
Republic of Malawi

Capital
Lilongwe

Area
45,745 sq mi
118,480 sq km


Population
11,651,239 est 2003

Largest city
Blantyre
pop. 547,500


Languages
English (official), Chichewa (official), other languages important regionally

Peoples
Chewa, Nyanja, Tumbuka, Yao, Lomwe, Sena, Tonga, Ngoni, Ngonde, Asian, European

Religion
Protestant 55%, Roman Catholic 20%, Islam 20%, indigenous beliefs 3%, other 2%

Life Expectancy
total population: 37.48 years
male: 37.08 years
female: 37.88 years (2004 est.)


Literacy
total population: 62.7%
male: 76.1%
female: 49.8% (2003 est.)


Suffrage
18 years of age; universal

Government
Multiparty Democracy


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