Facts & Figures

Country: The Republic of Malawi

Population: 15.4 million (UN, 2011 estimate)

Capital: Lilongwe

Area: 118,484 sq km (45,747 sq miles)

Main languages: English (official), Chichewa

Main religions: Christianity, Islam

Life expectancy: 58 (WHO, 2011)

Literacy rate: Adult [15+] 75%, Youth [15-24] 87% (UNESCO, 2010)

Urban population (% of total): 15.8% (UN, 2012)

Population under 18 years: 8.1 million (UNICEF, 2011)

Child mortality: 83 children in every 1,000 likely to die before 5 years (WHO, 2011)

Child nutrition: 13.8% of children below 5 years underweight (WHO, 2012)

Number of children (0-17) who have lost one/both parents: 1 million (UNICEF, 2011)