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CaptionLocation on the world map The Republic of Malawi pronounced /məˈlɑːwi/; Chichewa [malaβi] is a landlocked country in southeast Africa that was formerly known as Nyasaland. It is bordered by Zambia to the northwest Tanzania to the northeast and Mozambique on the east south and west. The country is separated from Tanzania and Mozambique by Lake Malawi. Its size is over 118 000 km2 45 560 sq mi with an estimated population of more than 13 900 000. Its capital is Lilongwe the biggest city is Blantyre. The name Malawi comes from the Maravi an old name of the Nyanja people that inhabit the area. Malawi was first settled during the 10th century and remained under native rule until 1891 when it was colonized by the British who ruled the country until 1964. Upon gaining independence it became a single-party state under the presidency of Hastings Banda who remained president until 1994 when he was ousted from power. Bingu Mutharika elected in 2004 is the current president. Malawi has a democratic multi-party government. Malawi has a small military force that includes an army a navy and an air wing. Malawi's foreign policy is pro-Western and includes positive diplomatic relations with most countries and participation in several international organizations. Malawi is among the world's least developed and most densely populated countries. The economy is heavily based in agriculture with a largely rural population. The Malawian government depends heavily on outside aid to meet development needs although this need and the aid offered has decreased since 2000.
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