Africa

Swaziland profile

  • 21 May 2013
  • From the section Africa
Reed Dance in Swaziland
Young women parade at the annual Reed Dance, where the king can choose a new bride
  • Full name: The Kingdom of Swaziland
  • Population: 1.2 million (UN, 2012)
  • Capital: Mbabane
  • Area: 17,364 sq km (6,704 sq miles)
  • Major languages: Swazi, English (both official)
  • Major religions: Christianity, indigenous beliefs
  • Life expectancy: 50 years (men), 49 years (women) (UN)
  • Monetary unit: 1 Lilangeni = 100 cents
  • Main exports: Sugar, wood pulp, minerals
  • GNI per capita: US $3,470 (World Bank, 2011)
  • Internet domain: .sz
  • International dialling code: +268