|a kingdom in southern Africa: made a protectorate of the Transvaal by Britain in 1894; gained independence in 1968; a member of the Commonwealth. Official languages: Swazi and English. Religion: Christian majority, traditional beliefs. Currency: lilangeni (plural emalangeni) and South African rand. Capital: Mbabane (administrative), Lobamba (legislative). Pop: 1 083 000 (2004 est). Area: 17 363 sq km (6704 sq miles)|
Note: In 1903, Swaziland became a British territory. It became fully independent in 1968.
Note: The Swazi people resisted Afrikaner demands for incorporation into South Africa. After the collapse of apartheid, Swaziland established diplomatic relations with South Africa.