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Malawi is a landlocked country in Southeastern Africa and stretches 520 miles north and south. It occupies a narrow, curving strip of land along the East African Rift Valley. Lake Nyasa takes up more than one-fifth of the total land mass of Malawi.Malawi is one of the world's poorest countries. Most of the population in Malawi engages in subsistence farming. Malawi has a representative democracy. Elections in Malawi are held every five years (starting from 1994).One of the most important religions in Malawi is Christianity which makes up more than 70% of the population. Islam is also another important religion that accounts for about 20% of the population.Malawi is often known as "the warm heart of Africa" because of the friendliness of the people. Malawians typically live together in villages with extended families.Malawi's musical culture is rich and is influenced by many tribes across South Africa. The Tumbuka people of northern Malawi perform dances known as vimbuza which are performed by healers to cure people of sickness. The Yao people of the south also have a tradtional dance known as the benji dance. Malawi's literacy rate is 58% because education in Malawi does not stress academics. Many students begin working in agriculture directly after primary school.


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