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Malawi Population 2023

Malawi officially the Republic of Malawi is a landlocked country in southeastern Africa that was formerly known as Nyasaland. As per the UN World Population Prospects report, the population of  Malawi in 2023 is 20,931,751 (2 Crore).

Estimated Population of Malawi in 2023  – 20 million

Malawi2023 Population
Total Population20,931,751
Global Rank62
Land Area 94,080 sq.km (36,320 sq. mi)
Area Rank987
Pop. Density203 people/sq. km
Capital CityLilongwe
Fertility Rate* 4.25
Infant mortality rate ** 32.6
Median Age  18.1 Years
Life Expectancy 65.62 years
Urban Population 18.5 %

*Fertility rate, average number of children born to women during their reproductive years.

**Infant mortality rate is the number of deaths per 1,000 live births of children under one year of age.

Religion in Malawi

Christianity is the majority religion in Malawi and its followed by 77.3 % of the population.  Among Christians, Protestants churches have the largest adherents followed by the Roman Catholics, African Churches, and other small Christian groups.

Islam at 13.8% is the second largest religion and Most of the Muslim population is Sunni, of either the Qadriya or Sukkutu groups, with a few who follow the Ahmadiyya.

African Traditional religion is practiced by 1.1% of the population. Other religion includes Hinduism, Jews, Buddhism, and Baháʼí Faith.

Religion percentage in Malawi 

Religion/ AffilationsPercentage
Christians77.3%
– Roman Catholic– 17.2%
– Church of Central African Presbyterian– 14.2%
– Seventh Day Adventist/Baptist/Apolistic– 9.4%
– Pentecostal– 7.6%
– Anglican– 2.3%
– Other Christian – 26.6%
Islam 13.8%
Traditional1.1%
Others 5.6%
No religion/atheist 2.1%

Source: 2019 Kenyan Census

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Top Cities Malawi in by Population

#CityPopulation
1Lilongwe989,318
2Blantyre800,264
3Mzuzu221,272
4Zomba105,013
5Karonga61,609
6Kasungu58,653
7Mangochi53,498
8Salima36,789
9Liwonde36,421
10Balaka36,308
Population of Malawi 2024 | Religion in Malawi