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The last true monarchy in the world, Swaziland is a tiny country of a little over a million people, sandwiched between South Africa and Mozambique.

The nation currently struggles with both the highest HIV prevalence in the world (26% of adults) and the lowest life expectancy (32 years). A fragile social and economic infrastructure compounded by the profligate spending of the royal family finally brought many grievances to a head, as protests erupted in many cities during April 2011. Quickly crushed by the government, political dissent remains widespread but the country continues to be safe for foreign visitors.

Read more about the experiences and recommendations of Matadorians who have been to Swaziland below.


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