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Malawi

COUNTRY GUIDE

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MALAWI
(pronounced - muh-laa-wee | məˈlɑːwi)
OFFICIAL NAME: Republic of Malawi
DEMONYMS: Malawian, African
Malawi is part of the Eastern Africa region in the continent of Africa. Malawi's name is believed to have derived from the indigenous terms for flaming water or tongues of fire. It is in the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, near the equator and is 118.5 thousand square kilometres in size. The primary languages spoken are Chichewa and English; the capital city is Lilongwe and the main currency used is the Kwacha.
LGBTQIA+ Equality Index
Low
LGBTQIA+ Dollar
c.336 million
LGBTQIA+ Population
c.552.5 thousand
ALLOW SAME-SEX MARRIAGES
No
RECOGNISE GENDER CHANGE
No
BANNING GAY CONVERSION THERAPY
No

Geography

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CAPITAL

Lilongwe

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REGION

Eastern Africa

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CONTINENT

Africa

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HEMISPHERE

Tropics

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AREA

118480

(square kilometers)

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SURROUNDING OCEAN(S)

Landlocked

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Name in other languages

learn the literal translations of the country’s name in twelve of the most popular languages
English Flag
English
Malawi
Mandarin Flag
Mandarin
马拉维
Dutch Flag
Dutch
Malawi
Spanish Flag
Spanish
Malaui
Arabic Flag
Arabic
ملاوي
Portuguese Flag
Portuguese
Malaui
French Flag
French
Malawi
Hebrew Flag
Hebrew
מלאווי
Russian Flag
Russian
Малави
German Flag
German
Malawi
Hindi Flag
Hindi
मलावी
Japanese Flag
Japanese
マラウイ

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NOTIFICATIONS

LAST UPDATED:  April 25, 2023
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| STATUS

  • There are currently no known issues or armed conflicts taking place within this country. It is advised that you consult your country's foreign or overseas department before you travel. Your government's ministry will provide you with the latest information and guidance as to whether it is safe to travel to this country (or to parts of it)
  • LGBTQIA+ travel discretion is advised. It is illegal to identify as LGBTQIA+ or engage in same-sex relationships. The country has laws whereby you could be prosecuted, and the maximum penalty could be life imprisonment. It is always recommended that you carry out independent research before travelling
  • GENDER IDENTITY/EXPRESSION | The country does not have any laws in place regarding gender identity and expression
  • LGBTQIA+ ANTI-DISCRIMINATION LAWS | This country has no anti-discrimination laws) in place. The lack of regulations means that there is no legal protection for those community members living or visiting from facing discrimination
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Government

| INFORMATION

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MALAWI
MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
ministry of foreign affairs
The foreign office or ministry is typically a department within a government that focuses on promoting that particular country and what it represents worldwide. The department will often highlight national security, travel restrictions, visa requirements and all relevant foreign policies
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MALAWI
MINISTRY OF HEALTH
ministry of health
The health office or ministry is typically a department or organisation within a government that focuses on all things relating to health. The department will often highlight travel restrictions, vaccination requirements, pandemics, outbreaks, and relevant health-related information
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  USEFUL PHRASES | GREETINGS

Common phrases and terms in the local language(s)
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GREETINGS
moni | greeting
HI
moni | hi
HOW ARE YOU?
muli bwanji? | how are you?
GOOD MORNING
m'mawa wabwino | good morning
I'M GOOD, AND YOU?
ndine wabwino, ndi inu? | i'm good, and you?
GOOD AFTERNOON
masana abwino | good afternoon
WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
dzina lanu ndi ndani? | what is your name?
GOOD NIGHT
usiku wabwino | good night
MY NAME IS…
dzina langa ndi ... | my name is ...
WELCOME
olandiridwa | welcome
NICE TO MEET YOU
ndakondwa kukumana nanu | nice to meet you
GOODBYE
bayi | goodbye
DO YOU SPEAK ENGLISH?
mumalankhula chingerezi? | do you speak english?

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EMERGENCY CONTACTS

Chichewa | English
Official Language(s) spoken in Malawi
The emergency service numbers within Malawi to call during an emergency
  • AMBULANCE - when someone is seriously ill or injured, and their life is at risk (emergency medical services and technical rescue)
  • POLICE - when you feel in danger, are in dangerous situations or have witnessed a crime (law enforcement, criminal investigation, and maintenance of public order)
  • FIRE RESCUE - when a fire occurs or where a person needs rescue (fire suppression, technical rescue, and hazardous materials mitigation)


Ambulance
AMBULANCE
ambulansi (chichewa) | ambulance (english)

dial
999

Call Ambulance Service Now

Police
POLICE
apolisi (chichewa) | police (english)

dial
997

Call Police Now

Fire
FIRE
moto (chichewa) | fire (english)

dial
998

Call Fire Service Now


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  USEFUL PHRASES | EMERGENCY

Common phrases and terms in the local language(s)
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EMERGENCY
zadzidzidzi | emergency
HELP ME
ndithandizeni | help me
WHERE IS THE NEAREST HOSPITAL?
ali kuchipatala? | where is the nearest hospital?
STOP
imani | stop
WHERE IS THE NEAREST PHARMACY?
kodi malo ogulitsa mankhwala apafupi kwambiri ali kuti? | where is the nearest pharmacy?
HOSPITAL
kuchipatala | hospital
WHERE IS THE POLICE STATION?
kodi polisi ili kuti? | where is the police station?
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USEFUL INFORMATION

TELEPHONE DIALLING CODE

265

INTERNET SUFFIX

.mw

LANGUAGES

Chichewa, English

CURRENCY

NAME:
Kwacha
SYM:
MK
DIVISION:
100 tambala

ELECTRICITY

VOLTS:
230
HERTZ:
50

ELECTRICAL PLUGS

NUMBER OF PLUG TYPES:
1
PLUGS USED:
Electricity Plug G

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CLIMATE

Lilongwe

Weather information

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MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE
MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURES
The average monthly temperatures are based on the recorded daily highs and lows for the given location
HIGH
The daily high temperatures are an average, based on the recorded high temperatures over many years
01| JAN
18.2°C | 64.7°F
02| FEB
18.1°C | 64.6°F
03| MAR
17.2°C | 62.9°F
04| APR
14.8°C | 58.6°F
05| MAY
13.4°C | 56.1°F
06| JUN
11.3°C | 52.4°F
07| JUL
10.5°C | 50.9°F
08| AUG
11.1°C | 52.0°F
09| SEP
12.1°C | 53.8°F
10| OCT
12.8°C | 55.1°F
11| NOV
14.2°C | 57.6°F
12| DEC
16.4°C | 61.5°F
LOW
The daily low temperatures are an average, based on the recorded lowest temperatures over many years
01| JAN
11.8°C | 53.3°F
02| FEB
11.6°C | 52.8°F
03| MAR
11.3°C | 52.4°F
04| APR
9.6°C | 49.2°F
05| MAY
8.3°C | 46.9°F
06| JUN
6.3°C | 43.4°F
07| JUL
5.7°C | 42.2°F
08| AUG
6.2°C | 43.2°F
09| SEP
6.8°C | 44.3°F
10| OCT
7.2°C | 44.9°F
11| NOV
8.1°C | 46.5°F
12| DEC
10.1°C | 50.1°F
SEASONS
Saisons (fr) | Jahreszeiten (de) | Estaciones (es) | Stagioni (it) | Seizoen (du) | Estação (pt)
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Dry SeasonDRY
Saison humide / Saison des pluies (fr) | Regenzeit (de) | Estación lluviosa / Húmeda (es) | Stagione delle piogge (it) | Regentijd (du) | Estação Molhada / Estação Chuvosa (pt)
May-October
Wet SeasonWET
Saison sèche (fr) | Trockenzeit (de) | Estación seca (es) | Stagione Asciutta (it) | Droge tijd (du) | Estação Seca (pt)
November-April
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  USEFUL PHRASES | INSTRUCTIONS

Common phrases and terms in the local language(s)
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INSTRUCTIONS
YES
inde | yes
EXCUSE ME
pepani | excuse me
NO
palibe | no
PLEASE
chonde | please
NO, THANK YOU
ayi, zikomo | no, thank you
SORRY
pepani | sorry
MAYBE
mwina | maybe
THANK YOU
zikomo | thank you

TIMEZONE

LAST UPDATED:  Oct 11,2022

TIMEZONE

UTC+2 (Africa/Blantyre)

DST APPLIES

No

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TRAVEL RELATED

AIRPORT STATISTICS

TOTAL NUMBER OF AIRPORTS

13
TOTAL NUMBER OF HELIPORTS

0
TOTAL NUMBER OF SEAPLANE BASES

0

DRIVING

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DRIVE ON WHICH SIDE
Left
INTERNATIONAL DRIVING LICENCE REQUIRED
Unknown
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  USEFUL PHRASES | DIRECTIONS & GUIDANCE

Common phrases and terms in the local language(s)
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DIRECTIONS AND GUIDANCE
mayendedwe ndi chitsogozo | directions and guidance
HOW DO I GET THERE?
kodi ine ndikafika pamenepo? | how do i get there?
HOW MUCH IS THAT?
kodi ndi zingati kuti? | how much is that?
HOW FAR IS IT?
kodi ndikutali? | how far is it?
DO YOU ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS?
kodi mumalola ma kirediti kadi? | do you accept credit cards?
WHERE IS THE BATHROOM?
nyumba yaulemu ili kuti? | where is the bathroom?
I'M NOT INTERESTED
sindili wosangalatsidwa | i'm not interested
WHERE IS THE CLOSEST RESTAURANT?
kodi malo odyera lapamtima? | where is the closest restaurant?
I DON'T UNDERSTAND
sindikumvetsa | i don't understand
HOW MUCH DO I OWE YOU?
kodi n'chifukwa inu? | how much do i owe you?

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Lesbian
lesibiyani (chichewa) | lesbian (english)
Gay Flag
Gay
geyi (chichewa) | gay (english)
Bisexual Flag
Bisexual
bisexual (chichewa) | bisexual (english)
Transgender Flag
Transgender
transgender (chichewa) | transgender (english)
Intersex Flag
Intersex
intersex (chichewa) | intersex (english)
Asexual Flag
Asexual
asexual (chichewa) | asexual (english)
Questioning Flag
Questioning
kufunsa (chichewa) | questioning (english)
Community Flag
Community
ammudzi (chichewa) | community (english)
Gender Flag
Gender
zokhudzana ndi gender (chichewa) | gender related (english)
Sexuality Flag
Sexuality
zogonana zogwirizana (chichewa) | sexuality related (english)
Non-Bingary Flag
Non-Binary
zosagwiritsa ntchito binary (chichewa) | non-binary (english)
Queer Flag
Queer
queer (chichewa) | queer (english)
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