Malawi By: Ella Catlett

Location

Malawi is located in the Eastern and Western hemispheres in Africa. Malawi borders three different countries which are Zambia, Mozambique, and Tanzania. The capital city of Malawi is Lilongwe. The coordinates of Lilongwe are (17°S, 35°E).

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

Malawi is located between the Tropic of Capricorn and the equator. It is in a savanna which is a grassy plain
Malawi has a dry season and a wet season, this is a picture of their dry season. The dry season occurs from May to October.
This is Malawi's wet season. It occurs from December to April.

PHYSICAL FEATURES

Lake Malawi is the third largest lake in Africa and the second deepest, extending 568 kilometers 16 to 80 kilometers wide. It is also known as lake Nyasa.
Mirchiru Mountain is located 5 miles North of the city Blantyre, Malawi, and it is known for it's many species of birds. It has an elevation of 3,925 feet, but because of the high platuea it rises from, it's prominence is only a couple hundred feet.
Mulanje Massif is the highest mountain in Malawi with the height of 3,002 m at it's highest point Sapiwita Peak.

population

Malawi has a total population of 17.22 million people, and the world rank is 64 (medium). It's population density is 467 people/mi2 and the word rank is 86th (crowded). Malawi's growth rate is 3.3% (fast) and has has a fertility rate of 5.13. The 5 largest cities are Lilongwe city, Blantyre, Mzuzu, Zomba, and Karonga. Malawi is 85% rural and has a net migration rate of 0.25 meaning mor people are entering Malawi.

Economics

Malawi is among the least developed countries in the world. The Malawian government depends far outside the aid of becoming developed. 85% of Malawi's population live in rural areas and their economy is mainly based on agriculture. Compared to a developed country such as the U.S.A Malawi's literacy rate is pretty low with it being 74.8% and the U.S.A's literacy rate being 99%. Their life expectancy is 59.9 years which is pretty low as well. Lastly the U.S.A has a good sanitation facility access, Malawi is still working on theirs.

Culture

Malawi's main language is English, but Malawians also speak Chewa, Yao, and Tumbuka. Most Malawians are Christian or Muslim.

SPORTS

Football (also known as soccer in the U.S.A) is the most popular sport played in Malawi. Malawi's national football team is nicknamed "The Flames". They have never qualified for the world cup finals, but have twice reached the finals of the Africa cup of nations. the best they have done was when they won a bronze medal at the 1987 All-Africa Games.
Malawi's national netball team is nicknamed " The Queens". Malawi has played in 5 world netball championships, finishing in 5th in 2007. The team is in 6th in the INF World Ranking.

FOODS

Nsima is the staple carbohydrate food of Malawi. It is made from corn, cassava or other starchy flour and has a consistency of a thick starchy porridge.
People in Malawi eat quite a lot of seafood because of Lake Malawi is a source of fish such as chambo, usipa, and mpasa

Work Cited

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  • Wolfram Group L.L.C. Wolfram Geography Course Assistant. Version 1.2 Computer Software. https://itunes.apple.com

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