Where is Malawi?

Located in Southern Africa, Malawi has a 2,857.00 km border with Mozambique (1,498 km), Tanzania (512 km) and Zambia (847 km).Malawi is involved in a dispute with Tanzania over the boundary in Lake Nyasa and the meandering Songwe River.

Malawi is an African country covering 118,484.00 km2 of which 20.60% is water and 94,080.00 km2 is land. This makes it the 101st largest country in the world and slightly smaller than Pennsylvania. Its geographic coordinates are 13 30 S, 34 00 E and Lilongwe is the capital city.

The name Malawi comes from the East African Maravi Kingdom of the 16th century.

Its ISO code is MW.


Malawi has a mean elevation of 779 m above sea level. Its lowest elevation is junction of the Shire River and international boundary with Mozambique which is 37m above sea level. Its highest elevation is Sapitwa (Mount Mlanje) which is 3,002m above tall.

It has a subtropical climate with a rainy season from November to May and a dry season from May to November. Its terrain consists of a narrow elongated plateau with rolling plains, rounded hills, and some mountains.


Malawi has a population of 18,570,321 making it the 61st largest in the world.

English is the official language; a number of other indigenous languages are also spoken. The major ethnic groups reported are Chewa, Lomwe, Yao and Ngoni. The majority of the population is either Christian or Muslim.

The dialing code for the country is 265.


Malawi is an independent country. It gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1964. Its constitution was last ratified in 1995.


Factoring in Purchasing Power Parity, Malawi's GDP is $21,200,000,000.00 (USD) with $1,100.00 (USD) per capita. This makes it the 142nd largest economy and its citizens the 213th richest in the world. The currency of Malawi is the Kwacha (MWK).

Its major export partners are Belgium, Zimbabwe, and India. Its main exports are tobacco, dried legumes, sugar, and tea. Its major import partners are South Africa, China, and India. Its major imports include food, petroleum products, semi-manufactures, and consumer goods.

This page was last modified on September 6th, 2017