Officially known as the Republic of Malawi, Malawi is a landlocked country located in southeast Africa that was once referred to as ‘Nyasaland’. In the northwest it is bordered by Zambia, to the northeast by Tanzania, and on the east, south and west by Mozambique. The region is separated from Tanzania and Mozambique by the magnificent Lake Malawi. The country covers more than 188,000 square kilometres with a population of almost 15 million. The capital of Malawi is Lilongwe, which is also the country’s biggest city, with the second and third largest being Blantyre and Mzuzu respectively. ‘Malawi’ is derived from the Maravi, an old name for the Nyanja folk who dwell in this region. The country is also known as ‘the warm heart of Africa’.
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