10 Facts: Swaziland
Swaziland is one of South Africa’s neighbouring countries. I have not visited this country yet, but I might one day. Apparently it’s a very beautiful country. Swaziland has been selected as the topic for the 10 facts section of this blog today. Watch this space for regular updates in the Facts section of Running Wolf’s Rant.
Here are some facts about Swaziland:
- The Kingdom of Swaziland gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1968.
- Swaziland is a small (200 km from North to South and 130 km across) landlocked country bordered by South Africa & Mozambique.
- Swaziland gets its name from the 19th century king Mswati II.
- The country has a population of just over 1 million.
- The royal & legislative capital of Swaziland is Lobamba and the administrative capital and largest city is Mbabane (with an estimated population of 95,000)
- Swaziland’s current head of state is King Mswati III. He ascended to the throne in 1986 after the death of his father King Sobhuza II in 1982 and a period of regency.
- Swaziland is also known as Ngwane.
- Student and labor unrest during the 1990s pressured King Mswati III (the world’s last absolute monarch) to grudgingly allow political reform and greater democracy, although he has backslid on these promises in recent years. A constitution came into effect in 2006, but political parties remain banned in Swaziland.
- The highest point in Swaziland is Emlembe (1,862 m).
- Rock paintings, possibly by the San people, have been found throughout Swaziland.
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