Essential Info for Malawi

Population: Over 19 million

Capital city: Lilongwe

Neighbouring countries: Malawi borders Mozambique to the east, south and south-west, Zambia to the northwest and Tanzania to the northeast.

Geography: Malawi is a small landlocked country characterised by central plateaus and rugged highlands in the north and south. The Great Rift Valley traverses through the country. Lake Malawi, which consists of up a huge portion of eastern Malawi, covers about 20% of Malawi's total area.    

Political system: Unitary presidential republic

Major religions: Christianity, Islam

Main languages: English (official), Chichewa

Money: The Malawian Kwacha (MWK), which subdivides into 100 tambala.

Tipping: While tipping is obligatory but not necessary, tipping is usually at 10 percent if a service charge is not included. 

Time: GMT+2

Electricity: 230 volts, 50 Hz. 'Type G' three-pin plugs with flat blades are used. 

Internet domain: .mw

International dialling code: +265

Emergency numbers: 997 (police), 998 (ambulance), 999 (fire department) 

Drives on the: Drive on the left. Minibus taxis and buses service Malawi fairly extensively. The main roads are well maintained, so driving in Malawi is viable. As the roads can be poorly illuminated, it's best to avoid driving at night. 

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