Malawi, a landlocked country in southeastern Africa, is defined by its topography of highlands split by the Great Rift Valley and enormous Lake Malawi. The lake’s southern end falls within Lake Malawi National Park – sheltering diverse wildlife from colorful fish to baboons – and its clear waters are popular for diving and boating. Peninsular Cape Maclear is known for its beach resorts.

Malawi is a landlocked country in southeast Africa. It is wholly within the tropics; from about 9°30S at its northernmost point to about 17°S at the southernmost tip. The country occupies a thin strip of land between Zambia and Mozambique, extending southwards into Mozambique along the valley of the Shire River.

Key Cities

Key cities in Malawi include Lilongwe, Blantyre, Zomba, Kasungu, Mangochi,  Karonga,  Salima,  Nkhotakota, Liwonde, Nsanje ,

Historical, Cultural facts & Religion

Malawi was once called Maravi, or ‘reflected light’ – perhaps a reference to sunlight glittering on Lake Malawi. Archaeological excavations have revealed evidence of early settlements around Lake Malawi, dating back to the late Stone and Iron Ages.

The area is mentioned in early Arab writings and in Portuguese writings of the 17th and 18th centuries. The pre-colonial Maravi Empire was a loosely organized society covering an expanse of territory well beyond present-day Malawi and encompassed first the Chewa and later the Tumbuka ethnic groups. The Yao from the north and the Ngoni made successful invasions during the 19th century. The Yao became involved in the commercial slave trade, acting as agents for the coastal Arabs. David Livingstone visited Lake Malawi (then called Lake Nyasa) in 1859 and was followed in succeeding decades by British missionaries, traders, and planters. This was an unsettled period, with widespread slave raiding.

The Malawi people are of Bantu origin and comprise of many different ethnic groups. These include Chewa, Nyanja, Yao, Tumbuka, Lomwe, Sena, Tonga, Ngoni, Ngonde, Asian and European. The Chichewa (Chewa) people form the largest part of the population group and are largely in the central and southern parts of Malawi.

Brief Country History

Two thousand years ago there was a simple stone-age culture in Malawi. The people lived by hunting and gathering. However, by the 4th century AD Bantu people arrived in the area and they introduced iron tools and weapons. They also introduced farming.

In the 15th century, people who lived south of Lake Nyasa began to build an empire. They created an empire called the Maravi. By the 18th century, the Maravi Empire included parts of Zimbabwe and Mozambique. However, in the 18th century, the Maravi Empire broke up.

Meanwhile in the 16th century, the Portuguese reached the Maravi Empire. The people of the empire sold them slaves and ivory. The Portuguese brought maize (originally a South American crop) to this part of Africa. In the 18th century and early 19th century, people from northern Mozambique called the Yao raided Malawi and took captives to be sold to the Arabs as slaves. In the 1840s a fierce people called the Ngoni invaded the area. They frequently fought the Yao.

Today many people in Malawi are subsistence farmers. The main crops are cassava, sorghum and maize. There are also many cattle and sheep. Malawi also has many white-owned plantations. Products include tea, tobacco, sugar, cotton and peanuts. Many Malawians also live by fishing on Lake Malawi. Furthermore, Malawi has great potential for tourism. It has several national parks. In 2004 Bingu wa Mutharika was elected President of Malawi and he began an anti-corruption drive. In 2012 Joyce Banda became the first woman president of Malawi. Meanwhile, in the early 21st century Malawi achieved steady economic growth. Although Malawi is still a poor country it is developing. There is reason to be optimistic about the future of Malawi.

Language (s) Written & Spoken

National Language of Malawi Chichewa, also was known as Chinyanja, Chewa or Nyanja is the native language of about half of Malawi’s population and is the country’s official language. At present, Chichewa is the most common language spoken in Malawi mostly in the southern and central regions of the country.

Important Types of Commerce in Malawi

Officially known as the Republic of Malawi, Malawi is a country that is located on the African continent. The landlocked country is located in the continent’s south-central area in a region that was once known as Nyasaland. Malawi has an area of about 45,560 square miles and a population of about 18,091,575 people. Unfortunately, from an economic standpoint, the country is among the least developed on the planet. Accordingly, agriculture is the nation’s biggest sector with a huge chunk of the population (about 80%) residing in rural areas. As of 2017, the estimated gross domestic product (GDP) of Malawi stood at around $6.206 billion. To make up for the deficiencies in the economy, the country is forced to rely on economic aid from sources such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and other donors (such as other nations). Dealing with these issues has proven an almost insurmountable challenge for the government due to a number of reasons including environmental issues, HIV/AIDS, and illiteracy.


Language Services US and others will provide working with Malawi

Malawi has been in a trade relationship with several countries. Because of such close relations, the necessity to learn and understand the Chinyanja, Chewa or Nyanja language has increased in importance over the years. This developed the need for Chinyanja, Chewa or Nyanja translators and interpreters. Moreover, businesses planning to tap into Malawi, in order to maximize the voice of your brand and help them to reach a new Chinyanja, Chewa or Nyanja-speaking audience with enormous marketing opportunities in the global market, the next step is to partner with a professional translation and interpretation company.

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