Highland Malawi Trust

 Malawi - Some Basic Facts


In 1891, the British Protectorate of Nyasaland was formed, later becoming the independent country of Malawi in 1964. Until the mid 1990s, President Banda ruled the country as a one party state. Thereafter, democracy began to develop. Joyce Banda who was elected in the spring of 2012 is the country’s fourth president and the first female to hold that post.

Malawi has economic and social problems with a large rural population, a low level of development and a high incidence of HIV and AIDS.

Chichewa is the official language of the country, but English is widely spoken, along with over half a dozen local languages. Over 80% of the population are Christian.

There has been a strong link between Malawi and the UK - particularly Scotland - since David Livingstone, explorer, missionary and scientist went there in the mid 19th century.

More recently the Scottish Government have forged strong links, through such bodies as the Scotland Malawi Partnership, between the two countries.

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