With a population of around 14 million people, Malawi is a landlocked country just south of the equator, neighbouring Zambia, Mozambique and Tanzania. The country is separated from Tanzania and Mozambique by Lake Malawi the 10th largest in the world. Its capital is Lilongwe, which is also Malawi's largest city; the second largest is Blantyre and the third is Mzuzu.
The name Malawi comes from the Maravi, an old name of the Nyanja people that inhabit the area. The country is also nicknamed "The Warm Heart of Africa".
The area was colonized by migrating tribes of Bantu around the 10th century. In 1891 the area was colonized again, this time by the British. In 1953 Malawi, then known as Nyasaland, became part of the semi-independent Central African Federation (CAF). The Federation was dissolved in 1963 and in 1964, Nyasaland gained full independence and was renamed Malawi.
Joyce Banda is the current president and is the first female leader in Malawi. Malawi has a democratic, multi-party government that is traditionally pro-Western and includes positive diplomatic relations with most countries. more here
22 % of all children are underweight for their age.
48 % of children aged 6–59 months are stunted.
81 % of Malawi’s active population is involved in subsistence farming.
42% of Malawians earn less than $1 a day.
Life expectancy at birth is 41 years
Malawi’s human development index ranks 165th out of 177countries.
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An average household income in Malawi is US$ 420 per year.
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One of the best kept secrets on the African backpackers’ trail, Nkhata Bay has a superbly lush and scenic setting, comprising a pair of bays enclosed by forested hills and separated by a long, narrow peninsula. The small town itself, nestled between the hills and lakeshore, is as charming as it's difficult to label. 413 km from Lilongwe along the lake road it’s an overgrown Tonga fishing village, a venerable district capital, a bustling market port and laidback lakeside resort.
Better described as a large village rather than a town Nkhata Bay Township is home to no more than 2000 people. There are many villages nearby that make Nkhata Bay the infrastructural centre of up to 20,000 people.
It is at the most northerly point on the Lake reached by David Livingstone. Its small sheltered harbour is a focus for the Lake’s fishing industry but it is also becoming increasingly important as a tourist centre. The MV Ilala Ferry stops at Nkhata Bay, one of the few ferry ports to have a proper jetty (the Ilala is currently out of service).
A big part of Nkhata Bay’s appeal is the rare sense of traveller community that embraces the town in a string of popular lodges running out towards Chikale Beach. While most visitors associate Nkhata Bay with lazy days on the lakeshore, the town offers plenty of interest to more active travellers, including kayaking, snorkelling, forest walks, fish-eagle feeding, beach volleyball or simply joining in a local football match. Nkhata Bay is a lively place on Sundays and Mondays, when people from the islands and remote villages along the lake shore come into town to sell their weekly catch.
The district is mainly in the warm tropical climatic zone but a rain forest climate can be experienced in some areas along the Viphya Plateau. Temperatures are variable in the district and influences rainfall. The average monthly temperatures range between 20°C and 28°C with the low temperatures being experienced in the months of June and July and high temperatures in the months of November and December.