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Republic of Malawi
short form: Malawi
former: British Central African Protectorate, Nyasaland Protectorate, Nyasaland.
ISO Country Code: mw
Local Time = UTC +2h
Country Calling Code: +265
Capital City: Lilongwe (pop. 600 000)
Other Cities: Blantyre (the country's commercial capital), Zomba, Mzuzu
Type: multi-party democracy.
Independence: July 6, 1964.
Constitution: May 18, 1995.
Location: Southeastern Africa
Area: 118,484 sq. km. (45,747 sq. mi.)
Terrain: Plateaus, highlands, and valleys. Lake Malawi (formerly referred to as Lake Nyasa) comprises about 20% of total area.
Climate: Predominately sub-tropical; two main seasons, cold-dry and hot-wet. The hot-wet season is from November to April.