Did you know….. some facts about Malawi

Sarah’s blog 1/4/22

I’ve had a little look round the internet to find some facts and figures that I hope you find interesting. Thanks for reading, Sarah x

  1. Malawi is 118,484 square kms. Malawi stretches about 840km from north to south and varies in width from 10 to 160km.
  2. It is known as the “warm heart of Africa” due to the welcoming nature of it’s people.
  3. It’s capital is Lilongwe and Malawi’s population is approximately 21,200,000.
  4. Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world. 85% of the population live in rural communities.
  5. Lake Malawi is the third largest fresh water lake in Africa and the ninth largest fresh water lake in the world and is a tourist attraction with it’s beautiful beaches and varied wildlife.
  6. Lake Malawi contains the largest number of fish species of any lake in the world. There are between 500 and 1,000 fish species, and it is home to a vast array of Chichlids. These Chichlids are popular all over the world as aquarium fish because of their bright colours.
  7. High Girl dropout rate from education. In Malawi less than 10% of girls earn a high school diploma. Approximately 20% of school aged girls are prevented from continuing their education or miss one week a month as they lack menstrual health education and access to sanitary pads.
  8. Adult literacy rates (people over 15 years of age) are 62.14% ; male literacy 69.75% and female is only 55.2%
  9. Primary school is compulsory and children start at age 6 for 8 years. Class sizes are on average 75 children per class.
  10. Malawi has one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world, with approximately 1 in 2 girls married and/or raising children by age 18.
  11. Nsima is a staple Malawian food. It is made from ground corn and served with side dishes of meat or vegetables.
  12. The currency is the Malawian Kwacha. Approximately 1,000 mkw = £1.00.
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