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                                         by Graham Rhind



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Table of Contents

Malawi - Country information


Local short name form

Official name



19 809 511 (2023 projection) [1]



International telephone access code


ISO 3166 country codes

Car nationality plate code


Internet country code


GRC Country Code


Malawi - Number format

   Note: This section last updated 11th May 2021

(where . indicates the decimal separator and , the thousands separator)

Malawi - Date formats


   Note: This section last updated 11th May 2021

In English:


In Nyanja:


Malawi -Languages


Malawi counts 15 languages. The official languages are English External and Nyanja External (3 200 000 speakers). Also spoken are Afrikaans External; Kachchi External; Kokola External (74 466 speakers); Lambya External (41 000 speakers); Lomwe External (1 550 000 speakers); Mpoto External (40 000 speakers); Ngoni External (758 000 speakers); Nkakyusa-Ngonde (300 000 speakers); Malawi Sena External (255 000 speakers); Tonga External (662 000 speakers); Yao External (1 003 000 speakers) and Zulu External (37 480 speakers).

Malawi -Example address format


   Note: This section last updated 29th March 2021


Addresses will usually be a post office box or private bag number and will be written in English.

Though postal deliveries are only to mailing addresses, street addresses will be found for the use of couriers, visitors etc. As not all streets are named, these may often be descriptive and unstructured. Examples:





   A table containing information about the relevant position of elements within address blocks can be acquired External

Malawi -Post office box


This is written PO Box.

Malawi -Postal codes


   Note: This section last updated 19th August 2019

Malawi introduced a postal code systems on 19th May 2019. The codes have 6 digits in the format 999999.

The first digit indicates the region: 1 for Northern, 2 for Central and 3 for Southern.

The next two digits indicate the district or city. Check the table in the “Administrative Districts” section for the postal code ranges per district.

The fourth digit is a 1 for rural areas, and a 2, 3 or 4 for urban areas.

The final two digits indicate the (Sub-)transitional authority, (urban) area, community (BOMA), national park, reserve or township.

   This regions/postal code data can be acquired as a data file External
   Metadata containing postal code formatting rules, exceptions and regular expressions can be acquired External

Malawi - Postal code format graphic

Malawi postal codes format graphic

Malawi - Postal code format

Malawi - Postal code specifics

Malawian postal codes all currently fall within these ranges: 101100-101109, 102100-102106, 103100-103112, 104100-104114, 105200-105216, 106100-106113, 107100-107101, 201100-201126, 201300-201311, 202100-202109, 203100-203107, 204100-204109, 205100-205113, 206101-206118, 207201-207258, 208100-208111, 209100-209108, 210100-210110, 301100-301114, 301400-301410, 302100-302110, 303100-303118, 304101-304112, 305200-305219, 306100-306109, 307100-307107, 308100-308109, 309300, 310100-310115, 311101-311111, 312200-312238, 313100-313105, 314100-314103, 315100-315115, 316100-316111

Malawi - Postal code regular expression


Malawi - Postal code level of coverage


Malawi - Postal code map

Malawi postal code areas 2019

Place names in Malawi


   Note: This section last updated 5th August 2014

Refer to Exonyms in Malawi for full lists of place names in Malawi in other languages.

   Alternate place name forms/postal code tables can be acquired at http://www.grcdi.nl/settlements.htm External
   Other language place name data can be acquired at http://www.grcdi.nl/otherlanguageplace.htm External

Malawi -Administrative districts


   Note: This section last updated 5th October 2022

Malawi has 28 districts External split into three regions: Northern, Central and Southern:

Region District Postal code range
Northern Chitipa External 101100-101109
  Karonga External 102100-102106
  Likoma External 107100-107101
  Mzimba External 104100-104114, 105200-105216
  Nkhata Bay External 106100-106113
  Rumphi External 103100-103112
Central Dedza External 209100-209108
  Dowa External 204100-204109
  Kasungu External 201100-201126, 201300-201311
  Lilongwe External 206101-206118, 207201-207258
  Mchinji External 205100-205113
  Ntcheu External 210100-210111
  Nkhotakota External 202100-202109
  Ntchisi External 203100-203107
  Salima External 208100-208111
Southern Balaka External 302100-302110
  Blantyre External 311101-311111, 312200-312328
  Chikwawa External 315100-315115
  Chiradzulu External 306100-306109
  Machinga External (Kasupe) 303100-303118
  Mangochi External 301100-301114, 301400-301412
  Mulanje External 308100-308109
  Mwanza External 314100-314103
  Neno External 313100-313105
  Nsanje External 316100-316111
  Phalombe External 307100-307107
  Thyolo External 309300, 310100-310115
  Zomba External 304101-304112, 305200-305219

Administrative districts graphic


Telephone numbers in Malawi


   Note: This section last updated 5th March 2014

Malawian telephone numbers have no area codes. Subscriber numbers have 7 or 9 digits. Mobile numbers commence with 111, 77, 88 or 99.

   Tables of telephone number information/formats can be acquired – see http://www.grcdi.nl/telephone.htm External 


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