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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, which surrounds it on the east, south and west. The country is separated from Tanzania and Mozambique by Lake Malawi. Its size is over 118,000 km² 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, one of the original Bantu tribes to inhabit the area.
Religion in Malawi
Christians make up 80% of the population of Malawi, the most poular denominations being the Roman Catholic Church and Presbyterianism. Islam is followed by 13% of the population, the majority of Malawi's Muslims being Sunni. Atheists make up 4% of Malawi's population. MKinority religions in Malawi include Judaism, the Rastafari movement, Hinduism and the Baha'i Faith. Less than 0.1% of Malawi's people are Buddhists.
- The Complete Book of Buddha's Lists -- Explained. David N. Snyder, Ph.D., 2006.
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