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The landlocked country of Malawi in southeastern Africa covers an area of 118,484 sq. km.

The country can be divided into four physiographic regions. These are the Great Rift Valley, the central plateau, highland region, and isolated mountains.

The Great Rift Valley traverses Malawi from north to south. As marked on the physical map of Malawi, this deep hosts Lake Malawi, the third-largest lake in Africa. The Shire River flows from the south end of that lake and joins the Zambezi River 249 mi (400 km) farther south in Mozambique.

In the west, the land forms high plateaus, generally between 900 and 1,200 m)above sea level. In the north, the Nyika Uplands rise as high as 2,600 m. 

To the east of the Shire River the land rises to an elevation of 1,600 m, and eventually to the country's highest point, Sapitwa Peak at 3,003 m near the Mozambique border. It has been marked on the map with a yellow upright triangle.

In the extreme south, the elevation is just slightly above sea level. It is there that Malawi's lowest point sits at the junction of the Shire River and the border of Mozambique at 37 m.

Regions and districts of Malawi Map

Political Map of Malawi showing its administrative divisions and national capital of Lilongwe.

Malawi is divided into three regions with 28 districts. The regions are Northern, Central, and Southern. In alphabetical order, the districts are as follows: Balaka, Blantyre, Chikwawa, Chiradzulu, Chitipa, Dedza, Dowa, Karonga, Kasungu, Likoma, Lilongwe, Machinga, Mangochi, Mchinji, Mulanje, Mwanza, Mzimba, Neno, Ntcheu, Nkhata Bay, Nkhotakota, Nsanje, Ntchisi, Phalombe, Rumphi, Salima, Thyolo, and Zomba.

Mzimba in the Northern region is the largest district by area (10,619 sq. km). Lilongwe in the Central District that houses the national capital of Lilongwe is the most populous one.

Where is Malawi?

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Malawi is a landlocked nation in southeastern Africa in the Southern and Eastern Hemisphere regions of the Earth. It is bordered by three countries. Mozambique bounds it on the east, south, and southwest. Tanzania borders it to the north and northeast while Zambia is located to the west.

Malawi Bordering Countries: Mozambique, Zambia, Tanzania.

Regional Maps: Map of Africa

Outline Map of Malawi

Blank Outline Map of Malawi

The outline map represents the country of Malawi. The map can be downloaded, printed, and used for educational purpose or coloring.

Outline Map of Malawi

The outline map represents the African country of Malawi. 

Key Facts

Legal Name Republic of Malawi
Capital City Lilongwe
13 58 S, 33 47 E
Independence 6 July 1964 (from the UK)


Total Area 118,484.00 km2
Land Area 94,080.00 km2
Water Area 24,404.00 km2
Total Border 2,857.0 km
Coastline 0.0 km
Bordering Countries Mozambique 1498 km, Tanzania 512 km, Zambia 847 km
Climate Sub-tropical; rainy season (november to may); dry season (may to november)
Coordinates 13 30 S, 34 00 E
Mean Elevation 779 m
Lowest Elevation 37 m
junction of the Shire River and international boundary with Mozambique
Highest Elevation 3,002 m
Sapitwa (Mount Mlanje)


Population 18,628,747
Major Cities
  1. Lilongwe (1,121,720)
  2. Blantyre-Limbe (932,263)
Ethnic Groups Chewa 34.3%, Lomwe 18.8%, Yao 13.2%, Ngoni 10.4%, Tumbuka 9.2%, Sena 3.8%, Mang'anja 3.2%, Tonga 1.8%, Nyanja 1.8%, Nkhonde 1%, other 2.2%, foreign .3% (2018 est.)
Languages English (official), Chichewa (common), Chinyanja, Chiyao, Chitumbuka, Chilomwe, Chinkhonde, Chingoni, Chisena, Chitonga, Chinyakyusa, Chilambya
Religions Protestant 33.5% (includes Church of Central Africa Presbyterian 14.2%, Seventh Day Adventist/Baptist 9.4%, Pentecostal 7.6%, Anglican 2.3%), Roman Catholic 17.2%, other Christian 26.6%, Muslim 13.8%, traditionalist 1.1%, other 5.6%, none 2.1% (2018 est.)


Currency Malawian kwachas (MWK)
GDP $7.67 Billion
GDP Per Capita $411.55
Exports Tobacco (55%), dried legumes (8.8%), sugar (6.7%), tea (5.7%), cotton (2%), peanuts, coffee, soy (2015 est.)

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