- Swaziland is a small landlocked monarchy in Southern Africa and happens to be the smallest country in Africa.
- In 2018, to mark the country’s 50th birthday, King Mswati III declared that Swaziland would now be known as the Kingdom of eSwatini.
- It is bordered by Mozambique to the east and South Africa to the south-east, south, west and north.
- The coordinates for the Kingdom of eSwatimi are 26.3167° S, 31.1333°
Flag of Eswatini
- The terrain here is mostly mountainous and hilly with a few sloping plains. Lovely!
- The total land area of Eswatini is 6,704 square miles (17,363 square kilometres).
- Residents here enjoy a tropical to near temperate climate. Sounds perfect to us!
- Swaziland’s population was only 1.367 million in 2017.
- Rather unusually, Swaziland has two capitals! They are Mbabane (administrative) and Lobamba (royal and legislative) and have a population of 282,734 and 25,968 respectively.
- The average life span here is 57.75 years (2016).
- Swaziland is one of the few remaining absolute monarchies, meaning it does not have any political parties and is ruled by one person – King Mswati III.
- The official language of Swaziland is Swazi; but fear not, because English is also widely spoken!
Swaziland National Park, Eswatini
- Lilangeni is the official currency here which is equal to the South African Rand.
- Swaziland grows sugarcane, corn, tobacco and cotton and rears cattle.
- Its industry consists of wood pulp, coal mining, sugar and soft drink concentrates.
- Swaziland exports soft drink concentrates, sugar, cotton yarn and wood pulp.
- The international dialling code for this African country is +268.
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