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Swaziland Independence 

Updated: Feb 1, 2021


King Sobhuza II with the Certificate of Independence and Sir Francis Lloyd. September 6, 1968.

•‬On September 6, 1968, The Kingdom of Swaziland declared independence from the United Kingdom.

•‬Swaziland is a country in Southern Africa bordered by South Africa to the north, south, and west and by Mozambique to the east.

•‬The country is approximately 6,700 square miles in size, with a population of approximately 1.2 million.

•‬Lobamba is the legislative capital and Mbabane is the administrative capital and largest city.

•‬On April 19, 2018, King Mswati III announced that the Kingdom of Swaziland had renamed itself the Kingdom of Eswatini, reflecting the extant Swazi name for the state Swatini, to mark the 50th anniversary of Swazi independence.

•‬The new name, Eswatini, means "land of the Swazis" in the Swazi language and was partially intended to prevent confusion with the similarly named Switzerland.

•‬The official languages are Siswati and English.