Facty things

Published on January 1st, 2014 | by Geckos Tales Team

10 FACTY THINGS ABOUT SWAZILAND

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It may be small, but Swaziland has loads to offer. Here we have listed just some of the awesome things about it.

1. NO DICE

Swaziland has competed in the summer Olympics 11 times, but has never won a medal

2. BIG LOVE

Swaziland’s King Mswati III marries often, and as of 2014 was up to 15 wives and counting

3. EVEN BIGGER LOVE

During King Sonhuza’s reign, he amassed 70 wives and 218 children

4. SUCCESSION 101

According to Swazi traditional law, to be King of Swaziland, you must be an only child with no full blooded brothers or sisters

5. INDEPENDENCE DAY

Swaziland gained independence from Britain in 1968

6. RECORD REIGN

Swaziland’s King Sobhuza II reigned for 83 years

7. VILLAGE PEOPLE

3 in 4 Swazis live in rural areas

8. ROAD TO RUIN

Swaziland’s Malagwane Hill once held the world record for being the most dangerous stretch of road in the world

9. MOTHER LAND

British actor Richard E. Grant was born and grew up in Swaziland

10. ELEPHANTITLE

In Swazi royalty, the Queen Mother is referred to as the ‘Great She-Elephant’

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