Swaziland



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The Swaziland flag


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-The Swaziland flag was adopted in 1967, on October 30
-The blue bands represent peace
-The yellow bands represent wealth
-The red represents the blood spilled for the country
-The center is a shield, and behind it are two spears and a fighting stick

Tourism
The magnificent mountains, rivers and waterfalls make the country the most attractive and lovely place people would love to see. The safety of our visitors is the first priority to the Swazi Kingdom; Exceptional secured accommodation set at a very high standard is offered in different affordable casinos and hotels, lodges and guest houses.

The busiest border post, in Swaziland, is at Nqwenya due to its proximity to the capital, Mbabane and the fact that it lies on the direct road route from the major population centre in the Republic of South Africa. Once over the border, the visitor immediately sees Swazi homesteads scattered across the rolling hills; rugged mountains slashed by timbered river valleys.

About Swaziland
-The Swaziland motto is, "Siyinqaba" which means We are Fortress
-Siyinqaba is also on the nations Coat of Arms
-The Capital of Swaziland is Mbabane
-The offical language is English & SiSwati
-The King is Mswait the III
-Their independence from the United Kingdom was on September 6, 1968
-Population: 1,185,000
-Currency of money is called Lilangeni

Climate

-Spring is in September and October and Average Temp is 64.4 F
-Summer is through November to March and the Average temp is 68 F
-Fall is in April and May and the average temp is 62.6 F
-Winter is June through August the average temp is 55.4 F
-Swaziland's temperature is mainly cool all year round



Economy

-Swaziland's economy is based off of agriculture, forestry, and mining.
-The Swazi economy is very closely linked to the economy of South Africa, from which it receives over 90 percent of its imports and to which it sends about 70 percent of its exports.
-Main Export Partners are South Africa, EU, US, & Mozambique
-Exports- $1.991 billion
-Export Godd, soft drink concentrates, sugar, wood pulp, cotton yarn, refrigerators, citrus and canned fruit
-Imports- $2.149
-Main Imorts are motor vehicles, machinery, transport equipment, foodstuffs, petroleum products, chemicals
-Main Import partners are South Africa, EU, Japan, & Singapore

Coat of Arms of Swaziland US EMBASSY

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The Capital/Mbabane

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Swaziland's History/Timeline

1903-Becomes a British protectorete
1907-Becomes British commison territory
1964-First constitution goes into force
1967-New constitution comes into effect
1968-Granted formal independence within Commonwealth and adopts new constitution
1973-King Sobhuza suspends constitution & bans political parties
1977-Parliamentary system is abolished and replaced by traditinol tribal communities
1979-New parliament is open
1983-The Peoples United Democratic Movement is formed
1986-Prince Makhosetive is crowned and dissolves the Supreme Council of State
1990-Call for electoral reform
1997-King dissolves National Assmbely to prepare for elections
2003-Pro democracy activist Obed Dlamini wins a parliament seat
2005-King signs new constitution
2009-Opposition leader continues to fight for democracy


Work Cited

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swaziland
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/country_profiles/3608903.stm