Customs and traditions
In Malawi, respect for the elderly and
hospitality towards strangers is important. You like to
talk about personal things like family relationships,
but avoid talking about HIV / ADIS. Eating with your
hands is common, but you can ask for cutlery if you are
above eating with your fingers.
Being presented properly is important. Colleagues are
addressed as Mr, Mrs or Miss until a close relationship
is established. One should ask if one can call the
colleague by first name.
Overview of the capital city of Malawi, including information about its population, economy, geography, history and map.
At a meeting, one should take the time, although it
is not uncommon for a person to be delayed, especially
if traveling by public transport. A person should be
reminded to be punctual before an agreed meeting.
Employees are not often away from work to attend
relatives and friends' funerals.
Conversations are often initiated with questions
about where you come from and how your family is doing.
Discussions about the work are also common. There are
some sensitive topics, such as HIV / AIDS. It can
sometimes be difficult to get straight answers, and you
can be asked the same thing several times from different
It is important to know that chichewa is a tonal
language. For example, the word zikomo means "thank you"
or "apologize" depending on how you pronounce it.
People are preferably at arm's length when talking,
and even further apart when talking to a person of the
opposite sex. Eye contact is not necessary during a
conversation, and you do not touch a person without
being very familiar with it. Men who are friends can
hold each other's hands, go arm in arm or shake hands
for a long time while they talk.
The upholstery is usually simple but beautiful. Women
like to dress in chitenge, a colorful patterned fabric
that, like a sarong, is wrapped around the chest or
waist. Among men, the Madiba shirt is popular. This silk
shirt in a bright and colorful batik pattern was often
worn by South Africa's former president Nelson Mandela,
whose clan was named Madiba. Shoes are expensive, and in
the villages, Malaysians usually walk barefoot.
Office employees dress formally. Jeans are not
accepted in an office environment.
The most common everyday dish is nsima, a seasoned
corn porridge served with meat or fish as well as
peanuts, vegetables and a strong pepper sauce. You often
eat sitting on the floor with the food in the middle.
Malawians usually eat with their hands, which are first
washed in a bowl of water. Both the hand wash and the
meal are started by the oldest in the company. Anyone
who is not used to eating with their hands may ask for a
knife and fork.
Holidays and national symbol
In addition to Easter, Christmas and New Year's Day,
Chilembwe Day is celebrated on January 15 (after the
Independent fighter John Chilembwe) and Martyrs Day on
April 3 (in memory of 40 people who lost their lives in
a revolt against British colonial power in 1959).
Malawi's flag has three horizontal bands (one red,
one black and one green) with a shining white sun in the
middle. The sun will symbolize the country's development
since independence in 1964. Prior to 2010, the flag
looked slightly different, with half a red sun in the
Malawi's geographical location, without its
own sea coast, makes the country dependent on transport
routes through neighboring countries. The railway
network linking Malawi with Mozambique and its port
cities Nacala and Beira is being refurbished.
There are plans to open an inland port in Nsanje with
boat traffic to the sea via the Shire River and the
The road network is relatively well developed, but
the quality of the roads is uneven.
There are two international airports: one in the
capital Lilongwe and one in Blantyre. In addition, there
are two domestic airports.
Ex-President arrested for corruption
Former President Bakili Muluzi is arrested, accused of corruption. He is
later released on bail.
The vice president is dismissed
Vice President Cassim Chilumpha is dismissed accused of failing to hold
office, but a court has suspended the decision until further notice. In April,
Chilumpha is arrested. He is charged with treason and conspiracy to murder
President Mutharika. He is later released on bail but is placed on house arrest
for a while.