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Malawi at a glance


Country Overview

Malawi is a safe, sensible and profitable free market economy, strategically located between Zambia, Tanzania and Mozambique. The country is well positioned to act as your global export base in an increasingly competitive market, where access to raw materials and time to market is crucial in maintaining a global chain supply.

 

Market access from Malawi is guaranteed as the country is signatory to a number of agreements that ensure duty free access into regional and international markets.

 

Malawi's low cost of doing business is a notable asset particulary when considering labour costs. The environment is secure for investors and the small size of the nation makes doing business a friendly, relationship driven experience.


The Beauty of Malawi
The prominent feature of Malawi is the Lake. The third largest fresh water lake in Africa, Lake Malawi is 568 kilometers long and covers about 20 % of the country's total land area.

The terrain of Malawi is breath -taking comprising plateaus, plains, hills and mountains. These include Nyika and Viphya plateaus and Misuku hills to the North, Dedza and Kirk range mountains in the Centre. In southern Malawi, the terrain is equally varied with escarpments, highlands and mountains and low marshy lands along the Shire River which is an outlet of Lake Malawi.

 

The Mulanje Mountain which is home to the rare Mulanje cedar, it is the highest mountain in Central Africa, with the highest point, Sapitwa peak rising to 3, 050 metres above sea level..


The People
The population of Malawi constitutes predominantly Bantu speaking black African people. There are 8 major tribes in Malawi: the Chewa, Nyanja, Tumbuka Lomwe, Sena, Tonga, Ngoni and Nkhonde. Although these tribes speak their ethnic languages, especially those living in the rural areas, Chichewa is official local language. Asians and a few Europeans also constitute a sizeable number of Malawi's 15 million people.

Climate

May to August
Cool and dry, July being the coldest month, with temperatures ranging from 15.5 to 18.0 degrees Celsius in the plateau and 20.0 to 24.5 degrees Celsius in the rift valley areas. There is little rain in this season; most of it falling in the high southeast facing slopes.

September to mid-November
Hot and dry, with temperatures ranging from 22 to 25 end 27 to 30 degrees Celsius in the plateau areas and the rift valley respectively.

Mid-November to April
Hot and rainy, with 90% of the annual rainfall being received. December and January are the wettest months. Total annual rainfall overages 760 to 1,015mm with some areas in the plateau recording over 1,525mm.