Economy, Transportation and Communications
Lake Nyasa, Air Malawi, Mchinji, freight traffic, Salima
With the completion of a line from Salima to Mchinji on the Zambian border in 1980, Malawi owns 710 km (441 mi) of operated railroad track. Total road mileage in 1999 was 28,400 km (17,647 mi), of which only a small portion was paved or gravel surfaced. Passenger and freight traffic on Lake Nyasa is extensive. Air Malawi provides domestic as well as international service.
In 1996 Malawi had 5 daily newspapers, with a combined circulation of 25,000. The Daily Times, published in Blantyre, is the most widely read daily newspaper. The government operates the postal and telegraph service. Radio transmitters are located in Blantyre and Lilongwe. The country has an estimated 4 telephone mainlines and 258 radios for every 1,000 inhabitants.
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