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Swaziland


BASIC FACTS

 

Area 17,360 Km2
Population 1.106 Millions
HDI Rank 141 (over 186 countries)
Capital City Mbabane, population 74,000 (2009 est.)
Demographic distribution Swazi
Spoken languages English and SiSwati
Religious beliefs Christianity and indigenous beliefs
Political regime The status of political parties, previously banned, is unclear under the 2006 Constitution; elections for the House of Assembly are done on a non-party basis. The kingdom's largest opposition political organisation, the People's United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO), was proscribed as a terrorist organisation in November 2008.
Head of State Mswati III (King), Barnabas Sibusiso Dlamini (Prime Minister)
Associations with International Organisations African Union (AU), Commonwealth, Southern African Customs Union (SACU), Southern African Development Community (SADC), Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA).
Investment Promotion Agency Swaziland Investment Promotion Authority
(http://www.sipa.org.sz)
Sources: Foreign & Commonwealth Office, The World Factbook