Independence Year : 1968
Population : 1008000
Life Expectancy : 40.4
Capital : 3244
GNP : 1206.00
GNP Old : 1312.00
Local Name : kaNgwane
Government Form : Monarchy
Location : Landlocked, in East Southern Africa, almost completely surrounded by South Africa
Terrain : Mountainous plateau to savanna.
Climate : Wet summers, dry winters, from near temperate to sub-tropical and tropical (the seasons are the reverse of those in the Northern Hemisphere).
Ethnic Group : Swazis 97%, European 3%.
Religions : 35% Protestant, 30% Zionist (indigenous), 25% Roman Catholic, 1% Islamic, with the remaining 9% divided among other beliefs.
Official Website : www.gov.sz/home.asp?pid=900
Genral Information - Swaziland
Autonomy for the Swazis of southern Africa was guaranteed by the British in the late 19th century; independence was granted 1968.
Student and labor unrest during the 1990s have pressured the monarchy (one of the oldest on the continent) to grudgingly allow political reform and greater democracy.
(Source: CIA - The World Factbook)