About Swaziland

Sawubona from Swaziland! (Hello from Swaziland)

Swaziland is a small country in southern Africa, about the size of the state of New Jersey. It borders South Africa on the North, South, and West and the mountains of Mozambique on the East. The country gained independence from Great Britain in 1968 and the first group of Peace Corps volunteers arrived in January 1969. Currently Swaziland is ruled by King MSWATI III who became king on April 25th, 1986. The people of Swaziland speak siSwati and the majority of the country is Christian. Swaziland has the highest rate of HIV/AIDS in the world and the life expectancy for Swazis is only 49. Below I have added some links to videos created by Peace Corps volunteers. You can take a look at these videos to help learn a little more about Swaziland and it’s culture.

Introduction to Swazi Culture

Swazi Food

A little siSwati

Clothing in Swaziland

More information can be found at the CIA World Factbook page for Swaziland.