FACTS ABOUT ESWATINI

You are welcome

We welcome you all to the website of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Eswatini to the Kingdom of Morocco, Rabat. The website provides information about the Kingdom of Eswatini that you need to invest, to trade and enjoy yourself. It also ushers you in and allows you to explore what’s in it for you and the world in the Kingdom of Eswatini. The staff is glad to be of assistance and at your service at all times, to this end, you are encouraged to get contact information for the Embassy. We are thrilled and ready to assist you, and let us walk together.

Brief background

The Embassy of the Kingdom of Eswatini to the Kingdom of Morocco is fairly new. The delegation from the Kingdom of Eswatini, led by the Honorable Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Senator Mrs. Thulisile Dladla proceeded to the Kingdom of Morocco to officially open the Embassy in October 2020. However, due to the then rampant existence and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, official and full operations of the Embassy were delayed until April 2022; and has been functional since then. The Chancellery is located in Rabat, the Capital City of the Kingdom of Morocco, while the Consulate General is located in the City of Laayoune.

The Kingdom

The Kingdom of Eswatini (formerly known as Swaziland) is one of the 44 landlocked developing countries (LLDCs) in the world. It is the ‘next-door’ neighbor of the Republic of South Africa at the north, west, south, and south-east and Mozambique at the north-east.
The land area is 17,364 square kilometers (approximately 6,703 square miles). The Kingdom of Eswatini is the 43rd smallest countries in the world and by simple comparison by land area, it is approximately: 6.71 times larger than Luxembourg in Europe; 23.92 times larger than Singapore in Asia; 38.42 times larger than Seychelles in Africa; 66.52 times larger than Saint Kitts and Nevis in the Americas; and 826.86 times larger than Nauru in the Pacific.

Population size and its basic attributes

The size of population is about 1.16 million. It is basically ethnic emaSwati. However, there is a small percentage of populations from other African countries, Europe, the USA, Asia and other nations. The native and prevalent language is siSwati and official working languages are both English and siSwati. The literacy rate is around 89%.

The Government system and Arms of Government

The System

The Kingdom of Eswatini follows the Tinkhundla (community centers or constituencies) system of governance, established to facilitate and ensure decentralization and proportional development of the country and to link communities and government, among others. The latter ensures awareness of all national policies in line with the needs of the general populace. To this end, the Tinkhundla system facilitate bottom-up development and delivery of services at the local level.

The Arms of Government

The Constitution (adopted in 2005) is the supreme law of the land and provides for three arms of Government namely: the Executive, the Legislature and the Judiciary. The Executive arm consists of the Cabinet. The Judiciary comprises of the Courts of general jurisdiction, the Supreme Court, High Court and Magistrate Courts, Industrial Court and the Industrial Court of Appeal (is confined to Labour disputes) as well as other specialized courts, such as Customary Courts. The Legislature is a bicameral chamber consisting of the Senate and the House of Assembly. Elections are held every five years to determine the House of Assembly and the Senate.

Faiths (beliefs) and religions

It is estimated that more than 90% of the population in Eswatini follows the Christian faith. The remainder of the population follows other faiths or religions, including Islam, Bahai, and indigenous African beliefs, among others. Eswatini upholds the belief in the freedom of worship.

Climate – seasons and topography

The general climate of Eswatini is characterized by wet and hot summers, where around 75% of annual rainfall is from October to March. The winter is usually cold and dry, begins in April until September. Nonetheless, the seasons have been distorted by the impact of climate change. Topographically, the country is characterized by mountains, hills and sloping plains. However, there is also a large proportion of flat lands for agriculture. For daily weather conditions, please visit the link : http://www.swazimet.gov.sz/.

The currency

Eswatini’s currency is Lilangeni (singular) and Emalangeni (plural). It is pegged at par to the South African Rand, meaning that 1 Lilangeni (SZL) = 1 South African Rands (ZAR). The South African Rand can be used for ordinary transaction in the Kingdom of Eswatini and in four countries in Southern Africa, that are members of the Southern African Customs Union (SACU), comprising of Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Namibia and South Africa. However, currencies of these countries are not legal for transacting in the Republic of South Africa.

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