Malawi "The warm heart of Africa" is in southeast Africa. It is one of the most densely populated and poorest nations on the continent. Being land locked and with out many natural resources the people are poor. Most Malawians live in rural communities and agriculture is the main source of revenue. With an ever increasing population it is becoming harder for people to farm as there just isn't enough land for everyone.
A large lake, Lake Malawi, runs along two-thirds of the eastern border and is shared between Tanzania (north, northeast), Mozambique (south, southeast) and Malawi. Most of the lake is within Malawi. It is also known as the Calendar Lake as it is 365 miles long and 52 miles wide. Famous for African Ciclids the lake is said to have some of best snorkeling in the world!
Malawi has two national languages Chewa (also know as Chichewa) and English.
In 1964, Malawi (then Nyasaland) gained independence from European control. The people named their country Malawi. The country is divided up into 3 regions and 28 districts. The capital, Lilongwe, is in the central region, district 4. It is the largest city in the country.
Over 6 million people call Malawi home, with 51% of them being children.
The two major religions of Malawi are Christianity and Islam.
Malawi is one of the first African nations to have a female president. Joyce Banda came into office as vice president May 2009 and held her office until April 2012. She became President when the previous head of state President Bingu Wa Mutharika suddenly died. Joyce Banda still holds office today as President of Malawi.