Africa :: Eswatini
  • Introduction :: Eswatini
  • Background:
    Autonomy for the Swazis of southern Africa was guaranteed by the British in the late 19th century; independence was granted in 1968. Student and labor unrest during the 1990s pressured King MSWATI III to grudgingly allow political reform and greater democracy, although he has backslid on these promises in recent years. A constitution came into effect in 2006, but the legal status of political parties was not defined and their status remains unclear. Eswatini has surpassed Botswana as the country with the world's highest known HIV/AIDS prevalence rate.
  • Geography :: Eswatini
  • Location:
    Southern Africa, between Mozambique and South Africa
    Geographic coordinates:
    26 30 S, 31 30 E
    Map references:
    Africa
    Area:
    total: 17,364 sq km
    land: 17,204 sq km
    water: 160 sq km
    country comparison to the world: 159
    Area - comparative:
    slightly smaller than New Jersey
    Land boundaries:
    total: 546 km
    border countries (2): Mozambique 108 km, South Africa 438 km
    Coastline:
    0 km (landlocked)
    Maritime claims:
    none (landlocked)
    Climate:
    varies from tropical to near temperate
    Terrain:
    mostly mountains and hills; some moderately sloping plains
    Elevation:
    mean elevation: 305 m
    elevation extremes: 21 m lowest point: Great Usutu River
    1,862 m highest point: Emlembe
    Natural resources:
    asbestos, coal, clay, cassiterite, hydropower, forests, small gold and diamond deposits, quarry stone, and talc
    Land use:
    agricultural land: 68.3% (2011 est.)
    arable land: 9.8% (2011 est.) / permanent crops: 0.8% (2011 est.) / permanent pasture: 57.7% (2011 est.)
    forest: 31.7% (2011 est.)
    other: 0% (2011 est.)
    Irrigated land:
    500 sq km (2012)
    Population distribution:
    because of its mountainous terrain, the population distribution is uneven throughout the country, concentrating primarily in valleys and plains
    Natural hazards:
    drought
    Environment - current issues:
    limited supplies of potable water; wildlife populations being depleted because of excessive hunting; population growth, deforestation, and overgrazing lead to soil erosion and soil degradation
    Environment - international agreements:
    party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Ozone Layer Protection
    signed, but not ratified: Law of the Sea
    Geography - note:
    landlocked; almost completely surrounded by South Africa
  • People and Society :: Eswatini
  • Population:
    1,087,200 (July 2018 est.)

    note: estimates for this country explicitly take into account the effects of excess mortality due to AIDS; this can result in lower life expectancy, higher infant mortality, higher death rates, lower population growth rates, and changes in the distribution of population by age and sex than would otherwise be expected

    country comparison to the world: 160
    Nationality:
    noun: Swazi(s)
    adjective: Swazi
    Ethnic groups:
    African 97%, European 3%
    Languages:
    English (official, used for government business), siSwati (official)
    Religions:
    Christian 90% (Zionist - a blend of Christianity and indigenous ancestral worship - 40%, Roman Catholic 20%, other 30% - includes Anglican, Methodist, Mormon, Jehovah's Witness), Muslim 2%, other 8% (includes Baha'i, Buddhist, Hindu, indigenous religionist, Jewish) (2015 est.)
    Demographic profile:

    Eswatini, a small, predominantly rural, landlocked country surrounded by South Africa and Mozambique, suffers from severe poverty and the world’s highest HIV/AIDS prevalence rate. A weak and deteriorating economy, high unemployment, rapid population growth, and an uneven distribution of resources all combine to worsen already persistent poverty and food insecurity, especially in rural areas. Erratic weather (frequent droughts and intermittent heavy rains and flooding), overuse of small plots, the overgrazing of cattle, and outdated agricultural practices reduce crop yields and further degrade the environment, exacerbating Eswatini's poverty and subsistence problems. Eswatini's extremely high HIV/AIDS prevalence rate – more than 28% of adults have the disease – compounds these issues. Agricultural production has declined due to HIV/AIDS, as the illness causes households to lose manpower and to sell livestock and other assets to pay for medicine and funerals.

    Swazis, mainly men from the country’s rural south, have been migrating to South Africa to work in coal, and later gold, mines since the late 19th century. Although the number of miners abroad has never been high in absolute terms because of Eswatini's small population, the outflow has had important social and economic repercussions. The peak of mining employment in South Africa occurred during the 1980s. Cross-border movement has accelerated since the 1990s, as increasing unemployment has pushed more Swazis to look for work in South Africa (creating a "brain drain" in the health and educational sectors); southern Swazi men have continued to pursue mining, although the industry has downsized. Women now make up an increasing share of migrants and dominate cross-border trading in handicrafts, using the proceeds to purchase goods back in Eswatini. Much of today’s migration, however, is not work-related but focuses on visits to family and friends, tourism, and shopping.

    Age structure:
    0-14 years: 34.41% (male 186,747 /female 187,412)
    15-24 years: 19.31% (male 99,192 /female 110,770)
    25-54 years: 38.22% (male 193,145 /female 222,405)
    55-64 years: 4.28% (male 19,915 /female 26,663)
    65 years and over: 3.77% (male 15,470 /female 25,481) (2018 est.)
    population pyramid: population pyramid
    Dependency ratios:
    total dependency ratio: 68.8 (2015 est.)
    youth dependency ratio: 63.5 (2015 est.)
    elderly dependency ratio: 5.2 (2015 est.)
    potential support ratio: 19.1 (2015 est.)
    Median age:
    total: 23.2 years
    male: 22.2 years
    female: 24 years (2018 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 175
    Population growth rate:
    0.82% (2018 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 128
    Birth rate:
    25.8 births/1,000 population (2018 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 48
    Death rate:
    10.7 deaths/1,000 population (2018 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 24
    Net migration rate:
    0 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 82
    Population distribution:
    because of its mountainous terrain, the population distribution is uneven throughout the country, concentrating primarily in valleys and plains
    Urbanization:
    urban population: 23.8% of total population (2018)
    rate of urbanization: 2.46% annual rate of change (2015-20 est.)
    Major urban areas - population:
    68,000 MBABANE (capital) (2018)
    Sex ratio:
    at birth: 1.02 male(s)/female (2017 est.)
    0-14 years: 1.02 male(s)/female (2017 est.)
    15-24 years: 1.02 male(s)/female (2017 est.)
    25-54 years: 1.08 male(s)/female (2017 est.)
    55-64 years: 0.66 male(s)/female (2017 est.)
    65 years and over: 0.64 male(s)/female (2017 est.)
    total population: 1 male(s)/female (2017 est.)
    Maternal mortality rate:
    389 deaths/100,000 live births (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 29
    Infant mortality rate:
    total: 46.6 deaths/1,000 live births (2018 est.)
    male: 51.4 deaths/1,000 live births (2018 est.)
    female: 41.7 deaths/1,000 live births (2018 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 33
    Life expectancy at birth:
    total population: 57.2 years
    male: 55.1 years
    female: 59.3 years (2018 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 215
    Total fertility rate:
    2.63 children born/woman (2018 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 68
    Contraceptive prevalence rate:
    66.1% (2014)
    Health expenditures:
    9.3% of GDP (2014)
    country comparison to the world: 34
    Physicians density:
    0.15 physicians/1,000 population (2009)
    Hospital bed density:
    2.1 beds/1,000 population (2011)
    Drinking water source:
    improved: urban: 93.6% of population (2015 est.)
    rural: 68.9% of population (2015 est.)
    total: 74.1% of population (2015 est.)
    unimproved: urban: 6.4% of population (2015 est.)
    rural: 31.1% of population (2015 est.)
    total: 25.9% of population (2015 est.)
    Sanitation facility access:
    improved: urban: 63.1% of population (2015 est.)
    rural: 56% of population (2015 est.)
    total: 57.5% of population (2015 est.)
    unimproved: urban: 36.9% of population (2015 est.)
    rural: 44% of population (2015 est.)
    total: 42.5% of population (2015 est.)
    HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate:
    27.4% (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 1
    HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS:
    210,000 (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 28
    HIV/AIDS - deaths:
    3,500 (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 36
    Major infectious diseases:
    degree of risk: intermediate (2016)
    food or waterborne diseases: bacterial diarrhea, hepatitis A, and typhoid fever (2016)
    vectorborne diseases: malaria (2016)
    water contact diseases: schistosomiasis (2016)
    Obesity - adult prevalence rate:
    16.5% (2016)
    country comparison to the world: 124
    Children under the age of 5 years underweight:
    5.8% (2014)
    country comparison to the world: 77
    Education expenditures:
    7.1% of GDP (2014)
    country comparison to the world: 20
    Literacy:
    definition: age 15 and over can read and write (2015 est.)
    total population: 87.5% (2015 est.)
    male: 87.4% (2015 est.)
    female: 87.5% (2015 est.)
    School life expectancy (primary to tertiary education):
    total: 11 years (2013)
    male: 12 years (2013)
    female: 11 years (2013)
  • Government :: Eswatini
  • Country name:
    conventional long form: Kingdom of Eswatini
    conventional short form: Eswatini
    local long form: Umbuso weSwatini
    local short form: Eswatini
    etymology: the country name derives from 19th century King MSWATI II, under whose rule Swazi territory was expanded and unified

    note: pronounced ay-swatini

    Government type:
    constitutional monarchy
    Capital:
    name: Mbabane (administrative capital); Lobamba (royal and legislative capital)
    geographic coordinates: 26 19 S, 31 08 E
    time difference: UTC+2 (7 hours ahead of Washington, DC, during Standard Time)
    Administrative divisions:
    4 regions; Hhohho, Lubombo, Manzini, Shiselweni
    Independence:
    6 September 1968 (from the UK)
    National holiday:
    Independence Day (Somhlolo Day), 6 September (1968)
    Constitution:
    history: previous 1968, 1978; latest signed by the king 26 July 2005, effective 8 February 2006 (2017)
    amendments: proposed at a joint sitting of both houses of Parliament; passage requires majority vote by both houses and/or majority vote in a referendum, and assent by the king; passage of amendments affecting "specially entrenched" constitutional provisions requires at least three-fourths majority vote by both houses, passage by simple majority vote in a referendum, and assent by the king; passage of "entrenched" provisions requires at least two-thirds majority vote of both houses, passage in a referendum, and assent by the king (2017)
    International law organization participation:
    accepts compulsory ICJ jurisdiction with reservations; non-party state to the ICCt
    Citizenship:
    citizenship by birth: no
    citizenship by descent only: both parents must be citizens of Eswatini
    dual citizenship recognized: no
    residency requirement for naturalization: 5 years
    Suffrage:
    18 years of age
    Executive branch:
    chief of state: King MSWATI III (since 25 April 1986)
    head of government: Prime Minister Ambrose Mandvulo DLAMINI (since 29 October 2018); Deputy Prime Minister Paul DLAMINI (since 2013)
    cabinet: Cabinet recommended by the prime minister, confirmed by the monarch; at least one-half of the cabinet membership must be appointed from among elected members of the House of Assembly
    elections/appointments: the monarchy is hereditary; prime minister appointed by the monarch from among members of the House of Assembly
    Legislative branch:
    description: bicameral Parliament (Libandla) consists of:
    Senate (30 seats; 20 members appointed by the monarch and 10 indirectly elected by simple majority vote by the House of Assembly; members serve 5-year terms) House of Assembly (65 seats; 55 members directly elected in single-seat constituencies or tinkhundla by absolute majority vote in 2 rounds if needed, 10 members appointed by the monarch; members serve 5-year terms)
    elections:
    House of Assembly - last held on 24 August 2013 with a runoff on 20 September 2013 (tenetavely on 30 September 2018)
    election results:
    House of Assembly - percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party - independent 59
    Judicial branch:
    highest courts: the Supreme Court of the Judicature comprising the Supreme Court (consists of the chief justice and at least 6 justices) and the High Court (consists of the chief justice - ex officio - and at least 12 justices); note - the Supreme Court has jurisdiction in all constitutional matters
    judge selection and term of office: justices of the Supreme Court of the Judicature appointed by the monarch on the advice of the Judicial Service Commission or JSC, a judicial advisory body consisting of the Supreme Court Chief Justice, 4 members appointed by the monarch, and the JSC head; justices of both courts eligible for retirement at age 65 with mandatory retirement at age 75 for Supreme Court justices and at age 70 for High Court justices
    subordinate courts: magistrates' courts; National Swazi Courts for administering customary/traditional laws (jurisdiction restricted to customary law for Swazi citizens)

    note: the national constitution as amended in 2006 shifted judicial power from the monarch and vested it exclusively in the judiciary

    Political parties and leaders:
    the status of political parties, previously banned, is unclear under the 2006 constitution; the following are considered political associations:
    African United Democratic Party or AUDP [Sibusiso DLAMINI]
    Ngwane National Liberatory Congress or NNLC [Dr. Alvit DLAMINI]
    People's United Democratic Movement or PUDEMO [Mario MASUKU]
    Swazi Democratic Party or SWADEPA [Jan SITHOLE]
    International organization participation:
    ACP, AfDB, AU, C, COMESA, FAO, G-77, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICRM, IDA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, Interpol, IOC, IOM, ISO (correspondent), ITSO, ITU, ITUC (NGOs), MIGA, NAM, OPCW, PCA, SACU, SADC, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UNWTO, UPU, WCO, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTO
    Diplomatic representation in the US:
    chief of mission: Ambassador Njabuliso Busisiwe Sikhulile GWEBU (since 24 April 2017)
    chancery: 1712 New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20009
    telephone: [1] (202) 234-5002
    FAX: [1] (202) 234-8254
    Diplomatic representation from the US:
    chief of mission: Ambassador Lisa J. PETERSON (since February 2016)
    embassy: corner of MR 103 and Cultural Center Drive, Ezulwini
    mailing address: P.O. Box D202, The Gables, H106
    telephone: [268] 2417-9000
    FAX: [268] 2416-3344
    Flag description:
    three horizontal bands of blue (top), red (triple width), and blue; the red band is edged in yellow; centered in the red band is a large black and white shield covering two spears and a staff decorated with feather tassels, all placed horizontally; blue stands for peace and stability, red represents past struggles, and yellow the mineral resources of the country; the shield, spears, and staff symbolize protection from the country's enemies, while the black and white of the shield are meant to portray black and white people living in peaceful coexistence
    National symbol(s):
    lion, elephant; national colors: blue, yellow, red
    National anthem:
    name: "Nkulunkulu Mnikati wetibusiso temaSwati" (Oh God, Bestower of the Blessings of the Swazi)
    lyrics/music: Andrease Enoke Fanyana SIMELANE/David Kenneth RYCROFT

    note: adopted 1968; uses elements of both ethnic Swazi and Western music styles

  • Economy :: Eswatini
  • Economy - overview:

    A small, landlocked kingdom, Eswatini is bordered in the north, west and south by the Republic of South Africa and by Mozambique in the east. Eswatini depends on South Africa for a majority of its exports and imports. Eswatini's currency is pegged to the South African rand, effectively relinquishing Eswatini's monetary policy to South Africa. The government is dependent on customs duties from the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) for almost half of its revenue. Eswatini is a lower middle income country. As of 2017, more than one-quarter of the adult population was infected by HIV/AIDS; Eswatini has the world’s highest HIV prevalence rate, a financial strain and source of economic instability.

    The manufacturing sector diversified in the 1980s and 1990s, but manufacturing has grown little in the last decade. Sugar and soft drink concentrate are the largest foreign exchange earners, although a drought in 2015-16 decreased sugar production and exports. Overgrazing, soil depletion, drought, and floods are persistent problems. Mining has declined in importance in recent years. Coal, gold, diamond, and quarry stone mines are small scale, and the only iron ore mine closed in 2014. With an estimated 28% unemployment rate, Eswatini's need to increase the number and size of small and medium enterprises and to attract foreign direct investment is acute.

    Eswatini's national development strategy, which expires in 2022, prioritizes increases in infrastructure, agriculture production, and economic diversification, while aiming to reduce poverty and government spending. Eswatini's revenue from SACU receipts are likely to continue to decline as South Africa pushes for a new distribution scheme, making it harder for the government to maintain fiscal balance without introducing new sources of revenue.

    GDP (purchasing power parity):
    $11.6 billion (2017 est.)
    $11.41 billion (2016 est.)
    $11.26 billion (2015 est.)

    note: data are in 2017 dollars

    country comparison to the world: 157
    GDP (official exchange rate):
    $4.417 billion (2017 est.) (2017 est.)
    GDP - real growth rate:
    1.6% (2017 est.)
    1.4% (2016 est.)
    0.4% (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 168
    GDP - per capita (PPP):
    $10,100 (2017 est.)
    $10,100 (2016 est.)
    $10,100 (2015 est.)

    note: data are in 2017 dollars

    country comparison to the world: 139
    Gross national saving:
    25.4% of GDP (2017 est.)
    29.7% of GDP (2016 est.)
    23.3% of GDP (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 59
    GDP - composition, by end use:
    household consumption: 64% (2017 est.)
    government consumption: 21.3% (2017 est.)
    investment in fixed capital: 13.4% (2017 est.)
    investment in inventories: -0.1% (2017 est.)
    exports of goods and services: 47.9% (2017 est.)
    imports of goods and services: -46.3% (2017 est.)
    GDP - composition, by sector of origin:
    agriculture: 6.5% (2017 est.)
    industry: 45% (2017 est.)
    services: 48.6% (2017 est.)
    Agriculture - products:
    sugarcane, corn, cotton, citrus, pineapples, cattle, goats
    Industries:
    soft drink concentrates, coal, forestry, sugar processing, textiles, and apparel
    Industrial production growth rate:
    5.6% (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 48
    Labor force:
    427,900 (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 157
    Labor force - by occupation:
    agriculture: 10.7%
    industry: 30.4%
    services: 58.9% (2014 est.)
    Unemployment rate:
    28% (2014 est.)
    28% (2013 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 203
    Population below poverty line:
    63% (2010 est.)
    Household income or consumption by percentage share:
    lowest 10%: 40.1% (2010 est.)
    highest 10%: 40.1% (2010 est.)
    Distribution of family income - Gini index:
    50.4 (2001)
    country comparison to the world: 16
    Budget:
    revenues: 1.263 billion (2017 est.)
    expenditures: 1.639 billion (2017 est.)
    Taxes and other revenues:
    28.6% (of GDP) (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 94
    Budget surplus (+) or deficit (-):
    -8.5% (of GDP) (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 201
    Public debt:
    28.4% of GDP (2017 est.)
    25.5% of GDP (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 168
    Fiscal year:
    1 April - 31 March
    Inflation rate (consumer prices):
    6.2% (2017 est.)
    7.8% (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 188
    Central bank discount rate:
    7.25% (31 December 2016)
    6.5% (31 December 2015)
    country comparison to the world: 43
    Commercial bank prime lending rate:
    10.75% (31 December 2017 est.)
    10.25% (31 December 2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 77
    Stock of narrow money:
    $554.3 million (31 December 2017 est.)
    $439 million (31 December 2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 168
    Stock of broad money:
    $554.3 million (31 December 2017 est.)
    $439 million (31 December 2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 172
    Stock of domestic credit:
    $1.144 billion (31 December 2017 est.)
    $891.3 million (31 December 2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 166
    Market value of publicly traded shares:
    $203.1 million (31 December 2007)
    $199.9 million (31 December 2006)

    NA

    country comparison to the world: 117
    Current account balance:
    $604 million (2017 est.)
    $642 million (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 55
    Exports:
    $1.83 billion (2017 est.)
    $1.577 billion (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 146
    Exports - partners:
    South Africa 94% (2017)
    Exports - commodities:
    soft drink concentrates, sugar, timber, cotton yarn, refrigerators, citrus, and canned fruit
    Imports:
    $1.451 billion (2017 est.)
    $1.266 billion (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 174
    Imports - commodities:
    motor vehicles, machinery, transport equipment, foodstuffs, petroleum products, chemicals
    Imports - partners:
    South Africa 81.6%, China 5.2% (2017)
    Reserves of foreign exchange and gold:
    $563.1 million (31 December 2017 est.)
    $564.4 million (31 December 2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 147
    Debt - external:
    $526.3 million (31 December 2017 est.)
    $468.9 million (31 December 2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 178
    Stock of direct foreign investment - at home:

    NA

    Stock of direct foreign investment - abroad:

    NA

    Exchange rates:
    emalangeni per US dollar -
    14.44 (2017 est.)
    14.6924 (2016 est.)
    14.6924 (2015 est.)
    12.7581 (2014 est.)
    10.8469 (2013 est.)
  • Energy :: Eswatini
  • Electricity access:
    population without electricity: 900,000 (2013)
    electrification - total population: 27% (2013)
    electrification - urban areas: 40% (2013)
    electrification - rural areas: 24% (2013)
    Electricity - production:
    381 million kWh (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 173
    Electricity - consumption:
    1.431 billion kWh (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 149
    Electricity - exports:
    0 kWh (2016)
    country comparison to the world: 132
    Electricity - imports:
    1.077 billion kWh (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 69
    Electricity - installed generating capacity:
    295,900 kW (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 160
    Electricity - from fossil fuels:
    39% of total installed capacity (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 172
    Electricity - from nuclear fuels:
    0% of total installed capacity (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 87
    Electricity - from hydroelectric plants:
    20% of total installed capacity (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 87
    Electricity - from other renewable sources:
    41% of total installed capacity (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 6
    Crude oil - production:
    0 bbl/day (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 132
    Crude oil - exports:
    0 bbl/day (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 120
    Crude oil - imports:
    0 bbl/day (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 124
    Crude oil - proved reserves:
    0 bbl (1 January 2018)
    country comparison to the world: 129
    Refined petroleum products - production:
    0 bbl/day (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 142
    Refined petroleum products - consumption:
    5,300 bbl/day (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 175
    Refined petroleum products - exports:
    0 bbl/day (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 152
    Refined petroleum products - imports:
    5,279 bbl/day (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 169
    Natural gas - production:
    0 cu m (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 129
    Natural gas - consumption:
    0 cu m (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 143
    Natural gas - exports:
    0 cu m (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 101
    Natural gas - imports:
    0 cu m (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 122
    Natural gas - proved reserves:
    0 cu m (1 January 2014 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 133
    Carbon dioxide emissions from consumption of energy:
    1.14 million Mt (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 166
  • Communications :: Eswatini
  • Telephones - fixed lines:
    total subscriptions: 42,000 (July 2016 est.)
    subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 3 (July 2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 160
    Telephones - mobile cellular:
    total subscriptions: 995,000 (July 2016 est.)
    subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 68 (July 2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 160
    Telephone system:
    general assessment: a somewhat modern but not an advanced system (2017)
    domestic: Eswatini recently awarded a second mobile-cellular service; communication infrastructure has a geographic coverage of about 90% and a rising subscriber base; combined fixed-line and mobile cellular teledensity roughly 70 telephones per 100 persons; telephone system consists of carrier-equipped, open-wire lines and low-capacity, microwave radio relay (2017)
    international: country code - 268; satellite earth station - 1 Intelsat (Atlantic Ocean) (2017)
    Broadcast media:
    1 state-owned TV station; satellite dishes are able to access South African providers; state-owned radio network with 3 channels; 1 private radio station (2017)
    Internet country code:
    .sz
    Internet users:
    total: 414,724 (July 2016 est.)
    percent of population: 28.6% (July 2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 153
    Broadband - fixed subscriptions:
    total: 7,000 (2017 est.)
    subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: less than 1 (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 173
  • Transportation :: Eswatini
  • National air transport system:
    number of registered air carriers: 1 (2015)
    inventory of registered aircraft operated by air carriers: 1 (2015)
    annual passenger traffic on registered air carriers: 89,791 (2015)
    annual freight traffic on registered air carriers: 0 mt-km (2015)
    Civil aircraft registration country code prefix:
    3 (2016)
    Airports:
    14 (2013)
    country comparison to the world: 148
    Airports - with paved runways:
    total: 2 (2013)
    over 3,047 m: 1 (2013)
    2,438 to 3,047 m: 1 (2013)
    Airports - with unpaved runways:
    total: 12 (2013)
    914 to 1,523 m: 5 (2013)
    under 914 m: 7 (2013)
    Railways:
    total: 301 km (2014)
    narrow gauge: 301 km 1.067-m gauge (2014)
    country comparison to the world: 122
    Roadways:
    total: 3,594 km (2002)
    paved: 1,078 km (2002)
    unpaved: 2,516 km (2002)
    country comparison to the world: 160
  • Military and Security :: Eswatini
  • Military expenditures:
    1.81% of GDP (2016)
    1.78% of GDP (2015)
    1.81% of GDP (2014)
    country comparison to the world: 61
    Military branches:
    Umbutfo Swaziland Defense Force (USDF): Ground Force (includes Air Wing (no operational aircraft)) (2013)
    Military service age and obligation:
    18-30 years of age for male and female voluntary military service; no conscription; compulsory HIV testing required, only HIV-negative applicants accepted (2012)
  • Transnational Issues :: Eswatini
  • Disputes - international:
    in 2006, Swazi king advocated resorting to ICJ to claim parts of Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal from South Africa