Government: Absolute Monarchy
Neighbors: South Africa and Mozambique
Population: 1.185 million
Currency: Lilangeni (SZL)
Official Languages: English, SiSwati
Economy: Forestry, Mining, Manufacturing (textiles & sugar-processing), Agriculture
Swaziland is home to the "Rebel Princess", Her Royal Highness Sikhanyiso Dlamini, who infamously denounced polygamy to the press (*applause*). Only 6,704 sq mi, this tiny nation achieved independence from the British in September, 1968, and while that in itself was (and still is) cause for celebration, the nation still has a few problems which could use some innovative solving.
The Swazi are hindered by HIV, low agricultural productivity, low investment, and inefficient government resulting in deficits. Much of the country is mountainous, and droughts have been a problem. However, the infrastructure is decent; the roads linking it to South Africa are reportedly "well-developed."
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..and basically anyone with frontier spirit. This is a nation for the fearless and the creative. Investment is a major issue in Swaziland, but note that 1,000 SZL = USD$142.84. Meanwhile, black American buying power is currently around USD$913 billion, and estimated to jump to USD$1.2 trillion in 3 years.
Couldn't our money be better spent?
Links of Interest:
University of Swaziland
Official Site for the Kingdom of Swaziland
Federation of Swaziland Employers & Chamber of Commerce