Malawi is a landlocked country bordered by Tanzania, Mozambique and Zambia. The capital, and largest city is Lilongwe. Chichewa and English are the official languages. A majority of the population identify as Christian. Muslims constitute about one-fifth of the population.
Malawi’s population is approximately 20 million (2021), of which about 80 per cent live in rural areas. The predominantly agricultural economy is highly dependent on tobacco though sugar and tea are also important and mining plays an increasingly significant part in the economy.
Lake Malawi, the third largest and second deepest lake in Africa, and the ninth largest in the world, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. It accounts for more than one-fifth of the country's total area.
The Australian Ambassador to Zimbabwe is accredited to Malawi, assisted by an Honorary Consul in Lilongwe.
Economic and trade information
- Before you travel, visit smartraveller.gov.au
- Read the travel advice for Malawi
- Subscribe to updates
- Get the right travel insurance
- For how we can help Australians overseas, see the Consular services charter
- Australian Passports Office
- Visa information
Heads of Government
Embassies and consulates
- The Australian Embassy in Zimbabwe is responsible for Malawi
- Australian Consulate in Lilongwe, Malawi