oa Africa Insight - Country profiles - Malawi

Volume 15, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0256-2804



After attaining Independence, Malawi faced numerous problems characteristic of many African countries. Yet, within less than two decades, it has been transformed from economic backwardness to one of the continent's economically viable states. This has earned Malawi the praise of foreign investors as ""one of the most successfully and professionally managed developing countries in the world"". With a population of some 7 million and about 60 persons per km2, Malawi is one of the more densely populated African countries. The population is unevenly distributed with the majority concentrated in the south and only 12% living in the far north. Less than 10% of the people are urbanized and consequently the only large towns are the centrally situated capital. Lilongwe, and Blantyre, the commercial hub of the Southern Region.

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