RELIGION LIBRARY

Malawi

COUNTRY PROFILE

Map of Malawi

The country has an area of 45,747 square miles and a population of 13 million. Eighty percent of the population is Christian. Among the Christian groups, the largest are the Roman Catholic Church and the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP), with smaller numbers of Anglicans, Baptists, evangelicals, and Seventh-day Adventists. Muslims constitute approximately 13 percent of the population; the vast majority is Sunni. There are also Hindus, Baha'is, and small numbers of Rastafarians and Jews.

Population Population (2009 est.) 14,268,711
Religious Demographics Christian 79.9%, Muslim 12.8%, other 3%, none 4.3% (1998 census)
Ethnic Groups Ethnic Groups Chewa, Nyanja, Tumbuka, Yao, Lomwe, Sena, Tonga, Ngoni, Ngonde, Asian, European
Languages Languages Chichewa 57.2% (official), Chinyanja 12.8%, Chiyao 10.1%, Chitumbuka 9.5%, Chisena 2.7%, Chilomwe 2.4%, Chitonga 1.7%, other 3.6% (1998 census)
Country Flag Flag of Malawi