Originally a tiny fishing village on the banks of the River Lilongwe, Lilongwe serves as the capital for the Republic of Malawi. Malawi is a landlocked nation in southeast Africa and among the smallest countries for all of Africa.
Lilongwe has a land area measuring 281 square miles (728 square kilometers) with an estimated population of 1.1 million people in 2015.
At the country-level, Malawi’s population is approximately 18.6 million residents. Malawian borders contains a land area of 36,324 square miles (94,080 square kilometers).
Malawi exported US$875.9 million worth of products around the globe during 2016. Highest-value exports from Malawi include tobacco, sugar, tea, dried vegetables and nuts.
Capital Facts for Lilongwe, Malawi: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Lilongwe Wildlife Centre, Kumbali Cultural Village, Parliament Building, Nature Sanctuary and the Maula Cathedral
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Lilongwe, Malawi:
- Lazarus Chakwera, opposition leader (born Apr. 5, 1955)
- Tam Nsaliwa, soccer player/footballer (born Jan. 28, 1982)
- Kid Acne, hip hop musician & artist (born 1978)
- Tawonga Chimodzi, soccer player/footballer (born Jun. 26, 1988)
- Maupo Msowoya, soccer player/footballer (born May 14, 1982)
- Lucia Chandamale, Olympic long-distance runner (born Jun. 18, 1988)
- John Banda, soccer player/footballer (born Aug. 20, 1993)
- Drake Thadzi (aka Nightmare), Olympic boxer (born Nov. 23, 1960)
- Hellings Mwakasungula, soccer player/footballer (born May 5, 1980)
- Elvis Kafoteka, soccer player/footballer (born Jan. 17, 1978)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches mostly targeting published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a Lilongwe resident: Malawian
Population: 1,077,116 (Lilongwe)
Density: 3,830 people per square mile (1,479 per square kilometer)
Population: 18,570,321 (Malawi)
Density: 36,324 people per square mile (94,080 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$20.36 billion in 2015 (for Malawi, per CIA World Factbook)
GDP per person: $1,100
Note: The above country-level GDP metrics are on a Purchasing Power Parity basis and are in U.S. dollars. Credible city GDP statistics for Lilongwe were unavailable.
Official currency used in Lilongwe: Malawian kwacha
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on January 6, 2017
Central Intelligence Agency, World Factbook, Field Listing: Major Urban Areas. Accessed on January 6, 2017
Cherry Call, 17 Lovely Facts About Lilongwe. Accessed on January 6, 2017
CityMetric, Where are largest cities in the world? 2015 edition. Accessed on January 6, 2017
Demographia, World Urban Area, 12th Annual Edition. Accessed on January 6, 2017
Face of Malawi, Opatsidwa: Official Malawi Government Online. Accessed on January 6, 2017
The World Factbook, Africa: Malawi, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on January 6, 2017
Wikimedia Commons, City Flags. Accessed on January 6, 2017
Note: Some city flags were unavailable. If so, attribution belongs to Wikimedia Commons for pertinent country flags.
Wikipedia, Lilongwe. Accessed on January 6, 2017
Wikipedia, Malawi. Accessed on January 6, 2017
Population density is much higher within Malawi’s capital city with an average 3,800 residents per square mile (1,500 per square kilometer).
Density drops significantly for the country overall, equaling 500 Malawians per square mile (200 per square kilometer).