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Curiosities – 4 interesting facts about Swaziland

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  • Swaziland is the smallest country in Africa. At 6,704 square miles (17,364 square kilometers) it is slightly smaller than the state of Massachusetts.
  • Swaziland is almost completely surrounded by the larger country of South Africa, only sharing its eastern border with Mozambique.
  • Swaziland is currently the only country in Africa not practicing multiparty democracy and is one of the world’s last remaining absolute monarchies. The Swazi king rules by decree.
  • Once a year, Swaziland holds a fertility festival and reed dance called “Umhlanga”. During the week-long festival, over 25,000 unmarried girls of the kingdom dress in elaborate costume and sing and dance before the Queen Mother, giving the King an opportunity to choose a new wife.

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