The Kingdom of Swaziland was founded in the mid-18th century and was a British protectorate from 1903 to 1967. On 6 September 1968, Swaziland became independent and since then, has remained a member of the Commonwealth.
Culture & Tradition
Swaziland is Africa's only absolute monarchy. With its unique culture and traditions and its decidedly laid-back lifestyle, this small, picturesque and hilly kingdom will make you feel genuinely at home.
Swaziland is one of the smallest countries in Africa but also one of the most fascinating. The country is located between South Africa and Mozambique. The territory measures only 200 kilometres from north to south and 130 kilometres from east to west.
Swaziland has two official languages: Swati is the national language, spoken by more than 95% of the population, while English is the second official language, spoken and understood by many of the inhabitants.
The Fight Against HIV
Swaziland is one of the countries in the world most affected by HIV: one in four adults are afflicted with the AIDS virus. Consequently, life expectancy in Swaziland is 50, one of the lowest in the world.
Major Cultural Events
The Reed Dance ceremony, or Umhlanga, is a Swazi tradition that takes place every year. Tens of thousands of girls and young women parade up Ludzidzini, the capital and residence of the king. The women dance, topless and in colourful, traditional costumes as they offer reeds to the sovereign.
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