Lilongwe is the capital and the largest city of Malawi. The city is named after the Lilongwe River, on the banks of which it has existed for centuries as a small fishing village.
Lilongwe has seen an unprecedented growth in population, making it the most populous city in 2008. Currently it is home to 902,388 residents. Chichewa is the official language of Malawi, though Chinyanja, Chiyao and Chitumbuka are widely spoken. Christianity is the predominant religion here. Lilongwe is served by the Kamuzu International Airport or Lilongwe International Airport.