Interesting Swaziland Facts

Swaziland is a landlocked country located in Southern Africa where it is bordered by Mozambique and South Africa. It spans 17,364 km2 of land. The estimated overall population of Swaziland is over 1,367,254.

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Swaziland Fact File: Continent: Africa * Country Name(s): Swaziland, Kingdom of Swaziland * Location: Southern Africa * Bordering: Mozambique and South Africa * Capital City: Mbabane * Size: 17,364 km2 * Estimated Population: over 1,367,254 * Currency: Swazi lilangeni (SZL) * Language(s): English and Swazi * Country Code: +268

Interesting Swaziland Facts for Kids

Interesting Facts for Kids 1: Size & location facts
Swaziland forms part of the continent of Africa, where it has a landlocked position and is bordered by Mozambique and South Africa. There are seven continents in the world: Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Europe, Antarctica, Australia (Oceania). Africa is the second largest continent in the world, it has 54 countries, spans a total area of 30,370,000 km2 and forms 20.4% of the world's landmass. Swaziland is a landlocked country that stretches across a total area of approximately 17,364 km2. It is the second smallest country in mainland Africa, the smallest being Gambia.

Interesting Facts for Kids 2: Population facts
The population of this African country is more than 1,367,254 people. The majority of Swaziland's inhabitants reside in Mbabane which is the country's most populous city. Swaziland has a low to average population when compared to most other countries across the world, its overall population density is approximately 68 people per sq km. The estimated population of Africa is approximately 1,186,178,000 inhabitants, making it the continent with the second largest population in the world. The continents in order of population, starting with highest population first, are: Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Europe, Australia (Oceania Region) and Antarctica. The total population of the entire world is in excess of 7.6 billion people.

Interesting Facts for Kids 3: Capital & major cities
The capital of Swaziland is Mbabane. The names of other major cities located in this country are Manzini, Big Bend, Malkerns, Nhlangano and Mhlume.

Interesting Facts for Kids 4: Country borders
The following information provides a guideline to the approximate border lengths of Swaziland:
Mozambique 108 km, South Africa 438 km.

Interesting Facts for Kids 5: Climate and geography facts
The climate of Swaziland can be described as varying from moderate to near temperate. The geography of this country is interesting as Swaziland is almost entirely surrounded by South Africa. Its terrain consists of sloping plains, but is dominated majorly by mountainous and hilly regions. The lowest point of Swaziland is the Great Usutu River at 21m, and the highest point of elevation is Emlembe at 1,862m.

Interesting Facts for Kids 6: Natural Resources of Swaziland
Natural resources are materials and substances that can be found occurring naturally on Earth. Natural resources are very important across the world, and can be exploited for economic gain. An individual country's natural resources can depend on many factors including the climate, geography and location. Some countries, such as Russia, The United States, Saudi Arabia and Canada, are rich with natural resources, where as others have practically none. Food, transport and construction are three of the primary uses of natural resources. For example, fish is a naturally occurring resource that can be caught for food consumption. Crude oils can be refined into different types of fuels in order to power vehicles/cars. Wood/timber from forests can be used to build homes and furniture. The natural resources of Swaziland include asbestos, coal, clay, cassiterite, hydropower (water power), forests, gold, diamonds, quarry stone and talc.

Interesting Facts for Kids 7: Language facts
The official languages of Swaziland are English and SiSwati. English is used primarily for government business.

Interesting Facts for Kids 8: Religion facts
The main religion of Swaziland is Christian at approximately 90% of the population, with the major religions being Zionist, followed by Roman Catholic, Anglican and Methodist. Around 2% are Muslim. The remaining population either belongs to other religions or no religion at all.

Interesting Facts for Kids 9: Symbols of Swaziland
Each country across the world has its own unique culture, history and identity. Flags, emblems, symbols, colors, mottos, anthems and songs are used to symbolize the pride and individuality of a nation. These national symbols are created through the unique history of a nation and can portray both hardship and prosperity, embodying freedom, strength and unity. Flags, emblems, colors, songs and mottos reflect the past, present and future aspirations of a country, and create an important image to the rest of the world. National symbols can include a mixture of things that are symbolic to a country such as animals, birds, flowers, trees, geographical features, tools of agriculture, crops, and tools of war. The following facts depict some of the national symbols, songs and colors that are important to Swaziland:

  • National symbol(s): lion, elephant

  • National colors: blue, yellow and red

  • National Anthem/Song: Nkulunkulu Mnikati wetibusiso temaSwati (Translation: Oh God, Bestower of the Blessings of the Swazi)

  • National Holiday(s): Independence Day (Somhlolo Day), 6 September (1968)

  • National Motto(s): Siyinqaba (Translation: We are the fortress)[133]

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