Land area: 36,324 sq mi (94,079 sq km);
Total area: 45,745 sq mi (118,480 sq km)
Population (2014 est.): 17,377,468 (growth rate: 3.33%); birth rate: 41.8/1000; infant mortality rate: 48.01/1000; life expectancy: 59.99
Largest city: Blantyre, 856,000
Monetary unit: Kwacha
Languages: English (official), Chichewa (common), Chinyanja, Chiyao, Chitumbuka, Chilomwe, Chinkhonde, Chingoni, Chisena, Chitonga, Chinyakyusa, Chilambya
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 3.5%
Christian 82.6%, Muslim 13%, other 1.9%, none 2.5% (2008 est.)
Independence Day (Republic Day), July 6
Economic summary: GDP/PPP (2013 est.): $15.02 billion; per capita $900.
Real growth rate: 5%. Inflation: 26.9%. Unemployment:. Arable land: 30.38%.
Agriculture: tobacco, sugarcane, cotton, tea, corn, potatoes, cassava (tapioca), sorghum, pulses, groundnuts, Macadamia nuts; cattle, goats.
Labor force: 5.747 million (2007 est.); agriculture 90%, industry and services 10% (2003 est.).
Industries: tobacco, tea, sugar, sawmill products, cement, consumer goods.
Natural resources:limestone, arable land, hydropower, unexploited deposits of uranium, coal, and bauxite.
Exports: $1.427 billion (2013 est.): tobacco 53%, tea, sugar, cotton, coffee, peanuts, wood products, apparel.
Imports: $2.42 billion (2013 est.): food, petroleum products, semimanufactures, consumer goods, transportation equipment.
Major trading partners: South Africa, Canada, U.S, Germany, India, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, China, Russia (2012).
Member of Commonwealth of Nations
Telephones:main lines in use: 227,300 (2012); mobile cellular: 4.42 million (2012).
Broadcast media: radio is the main broadcast medium; privately-owned Zodiac radio has the widest national broadcasting reach, followed by state-run radio; about a dozen private and community radio stations broadcast in cities and towns around the country; the largest TV network is government-owned, but two private TV networks now broadcast in urban areas and more plan to begin broadcasting in 2014; relays of multiple international broadcasters are available (2014)
Transportation: Railways: total: 797 km (2002).
Roadways: total: 15,450 km; paved: 6,956 km; unpaved: 8,495 km (2003 est.).
Waterways: 700 km; Lake Nyasa (Lake Malawi) and Shire Riverall.
Ports and terminals: Chipoka, Monkey Bay, Nkhata Bay, Nkhotakota, Chilumba.
The Government of the Republic of Malawi in conjun... » The Government of the Republic of Malawi in conjunction with the Malawi Investment and Trade Centre (MITC) will hold the 2015 Malawi Investment Forum at the Bingu International Conference Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe, Malawi from 29th and 30th of June, 2015. 29TH TO 30TH JUNE, 2015 » 29TH TO 30TH JUNE, 2015 THE 2015 MALAWI INVESTMENT FORUM » The Government of the Republic of Malawi in conjunction with the Malawi Investment and Trade Centre (MITC) will hold the 2015 Malawi Investment Forum at the Bingu International Conference Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe, Malawi from 29th and 30th of June, 2015. The Investment Forum will offer foreign and local investors, high level government officials and development partners an opportunity to discuss, on one to one basis, issues related to direct investments, joint ventures as well as Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs). The Forum will also offer a networking environment for 300 participants to discuss packaged investment opportunities and joint venture projects with Malawian companies. The Malawi Investment Forum will focus on the following six sectors:- Agriculture and Agro-processing Tourism Manufacturing Energy Infrastructure Financial Services For more information and registration, visit www.mwif2015.com