Agence France-PresseSeptember 19, 2013 22:32
The tiny mountain kingdom of Swaziland, which votes for a new parliament Friday, is Africa's last absolute monarchy and one of the poorest nations on the continent.
GEOGRAPHY: Swaziland is a landlocked country in the eastern flank of South Africa, where it also shares a border with Mozambique. It spans 17,363 square kilometres (6,704 square miles).
POPULATION: 1.23 million inhabitants (2012, World Bank), of whom 78 percent live in rural areas.
CAPITAL: Mbabane. Manzini is the economic capital.