Happy Independence Day Swaziland #GettoknowSwaziland

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Happy Independence Day Swaziland #GettoknowSwaziland

The kingdom of Swaziland is one of the world’s last remaining absolute monarchies. The king rules by decree over his million subjects, most of whom live in the countryside and follow traditional ways of life. The power of the throne, however, has not gone unchallenged.King Mswati III, on the throne since 1986, is upholding the tradition of his father, King Sobhuza II, who reigned for almost 61 years and had scores of wives.

Indicators

Currency                                                              Lilangeni

Surface area (square kilometres                     17363

Population                                                          1 250 000

Capital city                                                        Mbabane is the administrative capital and Lobamba is the legislative capital

GDP per capita                                                 $5,700 (2013 est)

Main Religion                                                   Christianity

Main Languages                                                Siswati and English

Key exports                                                         Sugar, wood, pul, minerals, cotton yarn

Government                                                        Ruled by monarch assisted by appointed Prime Minister and cabinet

Leader                                                                   King Mswati III