Lampshade Swaziland Statistics Economy

Swaziland Statistics

Last updated on the 09/07/07


Official Name:



Southern Africa, between Mozambique and South Africa



note: Lobamba (royal and legislative capital)


Total: 17,363 sq km



Total - 1,136,334

note: estimates for this country explicitly take into account the effects of excess mortality due to AIDS; this can result in lower life expectancy, higher infant mortality and death rates, lower population and growth rates, and changes in the distribution of population by age and sex than would otherwise be expected (July 2006 est.)

Life Expectancy

Total population: 32.62 years
Male: 32.1 years

Female: 33.17 years (2006 est.)


English (official, government business conducted in English), siSwati (official)


Zionist 40% (a blend of Christianity and indigenous ancestral worship), Roman Catholic 20%, Muslim 10%, Anglican, Bahai, Methodist, Mormon, Jewish and other 30%



In this small, landlocked economy, subsistence agriculture occupies more than 80% of the population. The manufacturing sector has diversified since the mid-1980s. Sugar and wood pulp remain important foreign exchange earners. Mining has declined in importance in recent years with only coal and quarry stone mines remaining active. Surrounded by South Africa, except for a short border with Mozambique, Swaziland is heavily dependent on South Africa from which it receives about nine-tenths of its imports and to which it sends nearly two-thirds of its exports. Customs duties from the Southern African Customs Union and worker remittances from South Africa substantially supplement domestically earned income. The government is trying to improve the atmosphere for foreign investment. Overgrazing, soil depletion, drought, and sometimes floods persist as problems for the future. More than one-fourth of the population needed emergency food aid in 2004-05 because of drought, and nearly two-fifths of the adult population has been infected by HIV/AIDS.


lilangeni (SZL)

GDP per Capita

$5,000 (2005 est.)

Population below poverty line

69% (2005)


Agricultural Products

Sugarcane, cotton, corn, tobacco, rice, citrus, pineapples, sorghum, peanuts; cattle, goats, sheep


Mining (coal, raw asbestos), wood pulp, sugar, soft drink concentrates, textile and apparel


Soft drink concentrates, sugar, wood pulp, cotton yarn, refrigerators, citrus and canned fruit


Motor vehicles, machinery, transport equipment, foodstuffs, petroleum products, chemicals

International Dialling Code


Internet suffix


Facts and figures supplied by the CIA World Factbook:

CIA world factbook for Swaziland

Last updated on the 09/07/07


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