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Updated: Sep 29, 2022

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Country Name

Malawi, or officially the Republic of Malawi.


Malawi is a landlocked country in southeastern Africa, it was formerly known as Nyasaland. It is bordered by Lake Malawi, Tanzania to the north, Zambia to the west, and Mozambique to the east, south, and west.



The reason for naming the country

The name Malawi comes from the Maravi, an old name of the Nyanja people that inhabit the area. The country is nicknamed "The Warm Heart of Africa" because of the friendliness of its people.


The Malawi flag was adopted on July 6, 1964, the day it gained independence from Britain.

The flag of Malawi consists of three equal horizontal stripes black, red; and green. In the middle of the black stripe, there is a red rising sun with 31 rays

The black color represents the people of the country, the red color represents the blood spilled in Malawi's struggle for independence; while the green color symbolizes the country's vegetation. The rising sun represents the dawn of freedom and hope on the African continent.