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Capital:
Lilongwe
Government:
Multiparty Democracy
Current Head of Government:
Lazarus Chakwera
Economy:
  • Predominantly agriculture with about 80% of the population living in rural areas.
  • Agriculture, which has benefited from fertilizer subsidies since 2006, accounts for one third of GDP and 90% of export revenues.
Population:
21,196,629 (2020) (60th)
Land Size:
118,484 sq km (45,747 sq miles)
Major Ethnic Groups:
  • Chewa: 32.6%
  • Lomwe: 17.6%
  • Yao: 13.5%
  • Ngoni: 11.5%
  • Tumbuka: 8.8%
  • Nyanja: 5.8%
  • Sena: 3.6%
  • Tonga: 2.1%
  • Ngonde: 1%
  • Other: 3.4% (2008 census)
Religions:
  • Christianity: 82.7%
  • Islam: 12.9%
  • Other: 1.9%
  • None: 2.5%
Languages(s):
  • Chichewa (official): 57.2%
  • English (official)
  • Chinyanja: 12.8%
  • Chiyao: 10.1%
  • Chitumbuka: 9.5%
  • Chisena: 2.7%
  • Chilomwe: 2.4%
  • Chitonga: 1.7%
  • Other: 3.6%