SWAZILAND

Swaziland                                         




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Official name: Kingdom of Swaziland
Capital: Mbabane
Parliament:  House of Assembly  (Libandla)  (65 Seats); Senate ( 30 Seats )
National day:  6 September  ( Independence day 1968 )
National Anthem:  Nkulunkulu Mnikati wetibusios teMaswati; Our God , giver of the Swazi’s blessings.
Motto: Siyinqaba  ( We are the fortress )
Administrative areas:  4 Districts
Language: English  ( Official );  SiSwati ( Official )
Currency: 1 Lilangeni  ( SZL ) = 100 Cents;  South African Rand ( ZAR ) is a parallel currency commonly used by tourists.
Denominations:
Notes; 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200  SZL
Coins; 1, 2, 5 SZL  ;  1, 2, 5, 10 and 50 Cents
Population: 1,100,000
Ethnic groups: 82 % Swazi; 10 % Zulu
Religion: 65 % Protestant ( including Anglican ); 10 % Muslims; 5 % Roman Catholics
Rivers :  Lomati, Komati, Black Umbuluzi, Usutu, Usushwana, etc.
Airports:18 (1 paved runways)
Roads: 3,800 km (1,100 km paved roads)
Railways: 300 km  

The Flag of Swaziland. The central focus of the flag is a shield and two spears symbolizing protection from country’s enemies. Its color is meant to show that white and black people live in peaceful co-existence in Swaziland.

The Coat of Arms of Swaziland is a coat of arms depicting various symbols for traditional Swaziland culture. The lion represents the King and the elephant represent the Queen –mother. They support a traditional Nguni shield which represents “ protection “. Above the shield is the King’s lidlabe, or crown of feathers, normally worn during Ncwala ( the festival of the harvest ). On a banner below the shield is the Swaziland national motto, “ Siyinqaba “, meaning “ We are the fortress “.

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