Mbabane is the capital city for the Kingdom of Swaziland, an African nation surrounded by South Africa along its northern, western and southern borders and Mozambique to northeast.
Swaziland exported an estimated US$1.6 billion worth of goods around the globe in 2016. Highest-value exports from Swaziland include mixtures of odoriferous substances for the food or drink industries, other miscellaneous chemicals, sugar and lumber according to the International Trade Centre.
Capital Facts for Mbabane, Swaziland: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Swazi Market, Royal Swazi Spa, All Saints Cathedral and Sibebe Rock
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Mbabane, Swaziland:
- Temalangeni Dlamini, Olympic sprinter (born Jul. 16, 1987)
- Sakhile Nkambule, entrepreneur & record producer (born Jun. 5, 1992)
- Gcinile Moyane, Olympic sprinter (born May 12, 1980)
- Killa Kambi, rapper (born Sep. 14, 1961)
- Lucas Mlambo, painter (born Dec. 28, 1959)
- Dennis Masina, soccer/football player (born May 20, 1982)
- Lucas Macie, painter (born Jul. 2, 1960)
- Mark Easter, soccer/football player (born Oct. 19, 1982)
- Lisa de la Motte, Olympic swimmer (born Apr. 16, 1985)
- Abel Shongwe, soccer/football player (born Jun. 26, 1966)
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 resident of Swaziland: Swazi
Population: 66,000 (Mbabane)
Density: 1,100 people per square mile (440 per square kilometer)
Population: 1,451,428 (Swaziland)
Density: 219 people per square mile (84 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$11.06 billion in 2016 (for Swaziland, per CIA World Factbook)
GDP per person: $9,800
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 Mbabane were unavailable.
Official currency used in Mbabane: Swazi lilangeni, South African rand
Central Intelligence Agency, World Factbook, Africa: Swaziland. Accessed on March 3, 2017
Demographia, World Urban Area, 12th Annual Edition. Accessed on March 3, 2017
International Trade Centre, Trade Map. Accessed on August 2, 2017
Official Government Website, Municipal Council of Mbabane. Accessed on March 3, 2017
Wikimedia Commons, City Flags. Accessed on March 3, 2017
Note: Some city flags were unavailable. If so, attribution belongs to Wikimedia Commons for pertinent country flags.
Wikipedia, Mbabane. Accessed on March 3, 2017
Wikipedia, Swaziland. Accessed on March 3, 2017
Mbabane’s land area measures 60 square miles (150 square kilometers) with an estimated population of 66,000 in 2014.
At the country level, Swaziland’s land area covers 6,642 square miles (17,204 square kilometers). The national population count was 1.5 million inhabitants as of July 2016.
Population density is higher within Swaziland’s capital city Mbabane with an average 1,100 residents per square mile (440 per square kilometer).
For Swaziland overall, the nation’s population density drops significantly to an average 219 people per square mile (84 per square kilometer).
Swaziland won its freedom from the United Kingdom on September 6, 1968. Residents celebrate Independence Day as a national holiday each September 6.