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Official Name: Republic of Malawi
Alternate Names: Chalo cha Malawi, Dziko la Malawi
Former Names: Nyasaland, Central African Federation
Capital City: Lilongwe
Flag: Malawi's flag has three equal horizontal bands of black, red, and green with a radiant, rising, red sun centered on the black band.
Date of Independence: July 6, 1964 from the United Kingdom
National Anthem: Mulungu dalitsa Malawi (Oh God Bless Our Land of Malawi)
Size/Area: 45,747 square miles, slightly smaller than Pennsylvania.
Land Locked: Yes
Bordering Countries: Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia
Administrative Divisions: Malawi is broken up into three regions and further broken down into 28 districts. Central Region (Dedza, Dowa, Kasungu, Lilongwe, Mchinji, Nkhotakota, Ntcheu, Ntchisi, Salima), Northern Region (Chitipa, Karonga, Likoma, Mzimba, Nkhata Bay, Rumphi), Southern Region (Balaka, Blantyre, Chikwawa, Chiradzulu, Machinga, Mangochi, Mulanje, Mwanza, Nsanje, Thyolo, Phalombe, Zomba, Neno)
Major Cities: Lilongwe, Blantyre
Languages: Chichewa (Official Language), Chinyanja, Chiyao, Chitumbuka, Chisena, Chilomwe, Chitonga
Religions: Christian, Muslim
Major Holidays: New Year's Day (January 1), Chilembwe Day (January 15), Martyrs' Day (March 3), Easter, Labour Day (May 1), Freedom Day (June 14), Republic Day (July 6), Christmas, Boxing Day
Currency Code: MWK
Highest Point: Sapitwa (Mount Mlanje) 9849 feet above sea level
Lowest Point: The lowest point in Malawi is at the junction of the Shire River and international boundary with Mozambique at 121 feet above sea level.
Bordering Bodies of Water: Lake Malawi
Climate: Malawi's cliamte is sub-tropical with a rainy season from November to May and a dry season from May to November.
Major Industries: Tobacco, tea, sugar, sawmill products, cement, consumer goods
Major Agricultural Products: Tobacco, sugarcane, cotton, tea, corn, potatoes, cassava, sorghum, pulses, groundnuts, macadamia nuts, cattle, goats
Natural Resources: limestone, arable land, hydropower, unexploited deposits of uranium, coal, and bauxite
Time Zone: UTC +2
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This eBook is the most complete listing of African tribes available on the internet. The first section of this book is the tribes sorted alphabetically by country. The second section is the tribes sorted alphabetically by tribe name.