Nations of the world: fun facts about Swaziland!
Welcome to the Kingdom of Swaziland!
Did you know- On September 6, 1968, the country, one of the most ethnically homogeneous republics on the planet, proclaimed its national independence as the Kingdom of Swaziland within the Commonwealth. It thus became the forty-second independent country in Africa. Since then, it has become one of the few Third World monarchies. For nearly 70 years, before 1968, the United Kingdom ruled the country as a British High Commission Territory. In fact, Swaziland was one of the last British colonies on the African continent.
Did you know- The modern country of Swaziland is located in southern Africa and is completely surrounded by South Africa and Mozambique (former Portuguese colony), previously ruled by whites. It covers approximately 6,704 square miles (17,363 km). About the size of New Jersey, the African monarchy is the 158th largest nation in the world by area. In addition, it is one of the smallest countries in area among the former British colonies in Africa, along with Lesotho, Mauritius, Seychelles and Gambia. This small kingdom enjoys a favorable climate. Most of the nation is covered in mountains (up to 4,500 feet), rainforests, and valleys.
Did you know- In 1968, the kingdom was one of the new nations of the world, but it did not become an Olympic country until 1972.
Did you know- The Kingdom of Swaziland, once an anti-communist nation, maintains close diplomatic and economic ties with South Africa and Japan, as well as South Korea and the United States of America. Since then, he has been known for his strong ties to London. Meanwhile, since its independence (1968), Swaziland is one of the few African states in the world that has not had diplomatic ties with the People’s Republic of China.
Did you know- Despite the size of the country, one of the smallest nations on Earth, the Kingdom of Swaziland is one of the well-watered areas in sub-Saharan Africa. Like Suriname, the Solomon Islands, and Norway, it is home to several rivers. Major rivers include: the Ingwavuna River in the south, the Makondo River in the southwest, the Usutu and Ngwempisi rivers in the west, and the Lomti and Black Umbeluzi rivers in the north.
Did you know- More than a million people live in the nation, the vast majority black Swazi-speaking. In addition, there are a number of Swazi nationals employed in South Africa and other countries.
Major International Organizations
Did you know- The nation became a member of the United Nations on September 24, 1968. At the same time, it became the 28th member of the British Commonwealth.
power and women
Did you know- In the early 1980s, this landlocked country made global headlines when it had two queens. Following the death of King Sobhuza II, Queen Regent Dzeliwe Shongwe ruled the small kingdom from 1982 to 1983, and months later Ntombi Twala became the country’s second female Head of State since 1968. According to Swazi tradition, the new king he is chosen by the Queen Mother (Ndlovukazi or Elephanta). In 1921, Sobhuza II, who was one of the world’s longest reigning monarchs, had been personally selected by She-Elephant.
Did you know- This monarchy is a country with two official languages, English and Siswati.
Did you know- Despite its small size, this land is famous for its wide variety of wild animals, such as elephants, lions, rhinos and leopards. Otherwise, it is also known for its bird life. In Lubombo, for example, there are more than 350 species of exotic birds. In recent years, the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary has become one of the most visited places in the country.
Did you know- The small kingdom is home to one of the oldest mines in the world. It was discovered in Ngwenya, Hohho district, in 1970. This new wonder is one of the main tourist attractions in Swaziland.
Did you know- Unlike several states in the world, this English-speaking nation has two capitals. Mbabane is the administrative capital, while Lobamba is the traditional capital. Mbabane, located in the western highlands of Swaziland, is the largest city and was established in the early 20th century. With a population of 100,000 people, Mbabane is home to a number of traditional markets, excellent restaurants, stunning gardens and amazing hotels. In the 20th century, this Swazi place became one of the most peaceful cities in southern Africa. Meanwhile, Lobamba has interesting places, such as the King Sobhuza II Memorial Park and the National Museum.
Did you know- This African monarchy is blessed with abundant water and some minerals, such as iron, asbestos, tin, kaolin, coal, gold, barite, and diamonds. On the other hand, from 1984 to 1994, the Kingdom of Swaziland boasted one of the fastest growing economies in the world (6.5%), ahead of several Asian countries.
world famous visitors
Did you know- Pope John Paul II arrived in the country in 1988.