Malawi: Main Facts

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Malawi Main Facts

Malawi is a landlocked country in South East Africa. It is bordered by Zambia to the North West, Tanzania to the North East and Mozambique, which surround the south, east and west. It is separated from Tanzania and Mozambique by Lake Malawi.

Chichewa is the official language and native to Malawi. English is also official and widely spoken in the main cities but becomes scarcer in rural areas. English is one of the official languages of Malawi and is widely spoken in urban areas. Tumbuka is the first language for many people in the north of the country. Chiyao is spoken by the Yao people who live mostly in the Mangochi District, as well as areas surrounding Zomba into Machinga District as well.

The official currency is Kwacha (MWK). 1 Kwacha is made up of 100 Tambala. US dollars are also widely accepted.