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Country  Malawi
Population  669,021 (2008)
University  Nazarene Theological College, South Africa
Region  Central Region
District  Lilongwe
Mayor  Willie Chipondera

Lilongwe is the largest and capital city of Malawi with an estimated population of 1,077,116 for 2015. The city is located in the central region of Malawi, near the borders with Mozambique and Zambia and is an important economic site and transportation hub for the central Malawi. It is named after the Lilongwe River.


Map of Lilongwe

Lilongwe central & crafts market malawi, africa

Latitude 13 hotel lilongwe


Lilongwe in the past, History of Lilongwe

Lilongwe had existed for centuries as a small fishing village on the banks of the Lilongwe River. During British Colonial Rule, the settlement became an administrative center due to its strategic location. Formally founded in 1906 as a trading post, Lilongwe was officially recognized as a town in 1947. After gaining independence, it increasingly developed into an important trading center in Malawis central region. Its growth was encouraged when the countrys former head of state, Hastings Kamuzu Banda, established it as Malawis new capital city in 1975. The last government offices have been relocated to Lilongwe in 2005. The citys population is increasing rapidly, with an annual growth rate of 4.3%.


Lilongwe Beautiful Landscapes of Lilongwe

Lilongwe is located on a plateau in Central Malawi, forming part of the East African Rift Valley situated at an altitude of 1,050 m (3,440 ft) above sea level, along Lilongwe River. The region is dominated by Monadnock mountains.


See also: Economy of Malawi

Society and culture

Lilongwe Culture of Lilongwe
  • The Lilongwe Golf Club is situated in Old Town, being the only 18-hole golf course in the country. The club also hosts an Olympic-size swimming pool.
  • The Lilongwe Wildlife Center is situated between Old Town and the city center, and serves as a wildlife sanctuary and popular place of excursion for the citys residents.
  • The Umunthu Theatre regularly hosts plays, comedy, bands, film and club nights. A variety of bars and night clubs offer opportunities for live music and parties.
  • Food

    Lilongwe Cuisine of Lilongwe, Popular Food of Lilongwe

    See also: Malawian cuisine

    Lilongwe Cuisine of Lilongwe, Popular Food of Lilongwe

    Due in part to the growth of the expatriate community and the increasing importance of tourism, the number of international restaurants has risen very rapidly over recent years. The city now offers a rich and internationalized diversity of cuisine, such as Chinese, Korean, Italian, and Indian food. Fast-food is also popular, Steers having several branches in the city.

    Lunch at local restaurant in lilongwe malawi


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