People in Malawi
Wouldn't you like to travel to a country known as the
"warm heart of Africa "? The "warm heart of Africa" is
so called because the people there should be so
About 16 million people live in Malawi. As in many
other African countries, the population is very young.
In Germany there are more old people than young people
and people are getting older. In Africa it is often the
other way around. More young people live there than old
people. Unfortunately for so many people there is often
no work and not enough to eat. 84 out of 100 people in
Malawi live in rural areas. So only 16 out of 100
inhabitants live in a city.
Most of the people belong to the Bantu peoples. 49
out of 100 people belong to the Maravi, who are
composed of several subgroups. The Chewa is the largest
group among them. 16 out of 100 inhabitants belong to
the Lomwe and 13 out of 100 to the Yao. Ngoni, Sena and
Ngondo are minorities.
By the way, the name Malawi means "flaming water"
when translated. Since the light breaks again and again
on Lake Malawi and there are great light reflections,
the term probably goes back to this.
Languages in Malawi
The official language in Malawi is English. Chichewa
is the national language. Chichewa is the language of
the Chewa people. Half of the population speaks it as
their mother tongue. But it also serves to communicate
with different ethnic groups. Chichewa is one of the
Bantu languages. Other Bantu languages are spoken
regionally. These are, for example, Lomwe (the language
of the Lomwe) or Chiyao (the language of the Yao).
Religions in Malawi
Many people in Malawi are Christians. The numbers
fluctuate, but it's definitely the majority - around 70
out of 100 people. 20 out of 100 are Muslims. The
religions live together peacefully and there are no
major conflicts. The Malawians often still live their
traditional beliefs. They believe in ghosts and ancient
rituals. The cult of the dead, the worship of the dead,
also plays a major role.