Largest Cities in Malawi

by | January 20, 2021

Facts about Malawi

Official languages: Chichewa
Capital: Lilongwe
Area: 118,480 km²
Population: 15.4 million residents
Population density: 130.38 residents per km²
Currency: MWK
Internet TLD: .mw
ISO codes: MW, MWI, 454
The telephone code from Malawi is +265

Flag of Malawi

The current form of the flag of Malawi was approved in 1964. The flag is composed of three horizontal stripes – black, red and green. The symbol of the rising sun with 31 rays is placed in the black stripe. The black color is supposed to symbolize the people of the country, the red blood shed in the struggles to achieve the independence of African states, and the green represents the Malawian vegetation. The motif of the rising sun is meant to express hope after achieving independence, but also the meaning of the word malawi – the effect created over Lake Nyasa at sunset. The country’s national coat of arms is proud of the same motif. The flag was inspired by the flag of the Malawi Congress Party.


Flag of Malawi

Malawi (Chichewa: Dziko la Malaŵi; English: Republic of Malawi) is a landlocked country in Southeast Africa.  It is one of the poorest economies in the world. Malawi is an agricultural country with a dominant subsistence economy and the state as the most important economic actor.

The population is growing by around 2.8 percent annually. If this trend continues, the population will have doubled from around 18 million today in 25 years.

In regional comparison, Malawi is considered a relatively safe travel destination, but still has a high level of crime. Thefts and break-ins, often with massive use of force, have increased. This is especially true for the larger cities (Lilongwe, Blantyre, Mzuzu, Zomba) and the tourist destinations on Lake Malawi.

Biggest Cities of Malawi by Population

The largest city in Malawi is Blantyre. It is the commercial and financial hub of the country, and is home to more than one million people. The city has a long history, beginning with its founding in 1876 by David Livingstone. Blantyre is known for its colonial architecture, including the Mandala House, which was built in 1883 and is now a museum. The city also boasts several beautiful parks, such as Chichiri Nature Reserve and Botanic Gardens.

Lilongwe is the second-largest city in Malawi and the capital of the country. It has a population of around 800,000 people and features several modern amenities such as shopping malls, restaurants, hotels, and banks. The Lilongwe Wildlife Centre is also located here; it’s a popular tourist destination where visitors can observe animals like zebras, wildebeests, elephants, and giraffes in their natural habitat.

Mzuzu is another important city in Malawi; it’s located in the northern part of the country near Lake Malawi. This city has a population of around 200,000 people and serves as an important trading center for tea and coffee production in Malawi. Mzuzu also boasts some interesting attractions such as Mzuzu Cultural Museum which houses artifacts from different ethnic groups living in northern Malawi; there are also several parks where visitors can enjoy outdoor activities like hiking or bird watching.

# City Population Latitude Longitude
1 Lilongwe, Malawi 646,861 -13.9669 33.7873
2 Blantyre, Malawi 584,988 -15.785 35.0085
3 Mzuzu, Malawi 175,456 -11.4656 34.0207
4 Zomba, Malawi 81,043 -15.386 35.3188
5 Kasungu, Malawi 42,666 -13.0333 33.4833
6 Mangochi, Malawi 40,347 -14.4782 35.2645
7 Karonga, Malawi 34,318 -9.93333 33.9333
8 Salima, Malawi 30,163 -13.7804 34.4587
9 Nkhotakota, Malawi 24,976 -12.9274 34.2961
10 Liwonde, Malawi 22,580 -15.0667 35.2254
11 Nsanje, Malawi 21,885 -16.92 35.262
12 Rumphi, Malawi 20,838 -11.0186 33.8575
13 Mzimba, Malawi 19,419 -11.9 33.6
14 Balaka, Malawi 19,013 -14.9793 34.9557
15 Mchinji, Malawi 18,416 -13.7984 32.8802
16 Mulanje, Malawi 16,594 -16.0316 35.5
17 Dedza, Malawi 15,719 -14.3779 34.3332
18 Luchenza, Malawi 12,050 -16.0069 35.3095
19 Nkhata Bay, Malawi 11,832 -11.6066 34.2907
20 Monkey Bay, Malawi 11,730 -14.0824 34.9165
21 Mwanza, Malawi 11,490 -15.6026 34.5248
22 Mponela, Malawi 11,333 -13.5319 33.7401
23 Ntcheu, Malawi 10,556 -14.8203 34.6359
24 Chitipa, Malawi 8,935 -9.70237 33.2697
25 Ntchisi, Malawi 8,029 -13.5278 33.9149
26 Chikwawa, Malawi 7,098 -16.0335 34.8009
27 Thyolo, Malawi 5,886 -16.0678 35.1405
28 Dowa, Malawi 5,676 -13.654 33.9375
29 Livingstonia, Malawi 5,663 -10.606 34.1063

Malawi: Lilongwe

The capital of the country is called Lilongwe and is located in the southwest of Malawi on the Lilongwe River. Around 730,000 people live there. There are large lots and wide streets here. The city was not founded until 1947. It came about as a result of careful planning. There are many Indian shops here.

Countries neighboring Malawi