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Approximately the size of Wales, Swaziland’s claim to fame lies in being one of the world's last remaining absolute monarchies. A tiny landlocked kingdom, the country was a British protectorate from 1906 till it became independent in 1968. The country is ruled by its king. Most of the population live in the countryside and follow traditional ways of life.
However the power of the king was challenged during 1990s when the country witnessed student and labour unrest forcing King Mswati III, to give political concessions. Recently, Swaziland zipped past Botswana as the country with the highest known rates of HIV/AIDS infection in the world.
Rightly dubbed the 'Switzerland of Africa', the tiny mountainous
Kingdom of Swaziland is known for its lush valleys, well-preserved
national parks and game reserves. The capital Mbabane, for its dramatic
scenery, makes it well-worth a visit.