Swaziland (SZ)

An independent country in southern Africa, with an area of 6,705 square miles (17,400 square kilometers), surrounded by the Republic of South Africa, except where it is bounded on the east by Mozambique. Its population (1994) of 936,000 is mainly Swazi. The Swazis are a Bantu people who speak a language akin to Zulu. There are, in addition, several hundred Europeans. The country was under British protection from 1903 and became independent in 1968. It is governed by King Mawati III (1993) and a parliament. Agriculture is the chief occupation, the principal crops being cotton, tobacco, maize, sugar cane, and bananas. The majority of the African population is animist, although 30 religious bodies are represented in Swaziland. Seventh-day Adventist Statistics. Swaziland forms the Swaziland Fi...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.

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