Kingdom of Swaziland
Political Status: Independent monarchy within the Commonwealth since September 6, 1968.
Area: 6,703 sq. mi. (17,363 sq. km.).
Population: 929,718 (1997C); 1,164,000 (2008E).
Major Urban Centers (2005E): MBABANE (administrative capital, 78,000), Lobamba (royal and legislative capital, 11,000), Manzini (33,000).
Official Languages: English, siSwati.
Monetary Unit: Lilangeni (official rate December 1, 2009: 7.33 emalangeni = $1US). The lilangeni is at par with the South African rand, although under a Tripartite Monetary Area agreement concluded among Swaziland, Lesotho, and South Africa on July 1, 1986, the rand ceased to be legal tender in Swaziland.
Sovereign: King MSWATI III; installed on April 25, 1986, succeeding (as Head of State) Queen Regent Ntombi THWALA.
Prime Minister: Sibusiso Barnabas DLAMINI; appointed by the king on October 16, 2008, to succeed Absalom Themba DLAMINI; sworn in ...