Swaziland Population clock (live)

17-01-2019 08:00:18
1,358,082
Current population
668,280
Current male population (49.2%)
689,802
Current female population (50.8%)
1,841
Births this year
42
Births today
861
Deaths this year
20
Deaths today
-59
Net migration this year
-1
Net migration today
921
Population growth this year
21
Population growth today

Source : United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs: Population Division external link .

Quick facts about the population of Swaziland


Current population (as of Thursday, January 17 2019)
1,358,061
Total area
17,360 km2 (6,703 mi2)
Population density
78.2 per km2 (202.6 people/mi2)
Sex ratio
0.97 (668,280 men to 689,802 women)
Median age
20.4 years
Life expectancy
48.7 years (48.9 - men, 48.4 - women)
Literacy
87.5 %

(Population figures are estimates by Countrymeters (countrymeters.info) based on the latest United Nations data)

Swaziland population 2019

During 2019 Swaziland population is projected to increased by 20,534 people and reach 1,377,695 in the beginning of 2020. The natural increase is expected to be positive, as the number of births will exceed the number of deaths by 21,850. If external migration will remain on the previous year level, the population will be declined by 1,316 due to the migration reasons. It means that the number of people who leave Swaziland to settle permanently in another country (emigrants) will prevail over the number of people who move into the country (to which they are not native) in order to settle there as permanent residents (immigrants).

Population change rates in 2019

According to our estimations, daily change rates of Swaziland population in 2019 will be the following:

The population of Swaziland will be increased by 56 persons daily in 2019.

Demographics of Swaziland 2018

As of 1 January 2019, the population of Swaziland was estimated to be 1,357,161 people. This is an increase of 1.51 % (20,228 people) compared to population of 1,336,933 the year before. In 2018 the natural increase was positive, as the number of births exceeded the number of deaths by 21,525. Due to external migration, the population declined by 1,297. The sex ratio of the total population was 0.970 (970 males per 1 000 females) which is lower than global sex ratio. The global sex ratio in the world was approximately 1 016 males to 1 000 females as of 2018.

Below are the key figures for Swaziland population in 2018:

Growth Rate 1952 - 2019

Swaziland population density

Swaziland population density is 78.2 people per square kilometer (202.5/mi2) as of January 2019. Density of population is calculated as permanently settled population of Swaziland divided by total area of the country. Total area is the sum of land and water areas within international boundaries and coastlines of Swaziland. The total area of Swaziland is 17,360 km2 (6,703 mi2) according to the United Nations Statistics Division .

Religion in Swaziland

ReligionNumber of followersPercentage of total population
Christianity1,196,45288.1
Religiously Unaffiliated137,16410.1
Other6,7900.5
Islam2,7160.2
Hinduism1,3580.1

Source: Pew Research Center. The Global Religious Landscape: A Report on the Size and Distribution of the World’s Major Religious Groups as of 2010 external link.

Number of followers estimated by Countrymeters external link (Thursday, January 17 2019).

Swaziland age structure

As of the beginning of 2019 according to our estimates Swaziland had the following population age distribution:

37.8 58.6 3.6

- percentage of population under 15
- percentage of population between 15 and 64 years old
- percentage of population 65+

In absolute figures (estimate):

We prepared a simplified model of the population distribution pyramid which is broken down into 3 main age groups. The groups are the same as we used above: population under 15, between 15 and 64 and population which is over 65 year old.

65+
15-64
0-14
male female

Note: The pyramid provided is not corresponding to data given above because the age groups have different number of years.

As we can see the Swaziland population pyramid has an expanding type. This type of pyramid is common for developing countries with high birth and death rates. Relatively short life expectancy, as well as low level of education and poor health care are also describe such kind of population age distribution model.

Source: The estimation data for section "Swaziland age structure" is based on the latest demographic and social statistics by United Nations Statistics Division external link.

Age dependency ratio

Dependency ratio of population is a ratio of people who are generally not in the labor force (the dependents) to workforce of a country (the productive part of population). The dependent part includes the population under 15 years old and people aged 65 and over. The productive part of population accordingly consists of population between 15 and 64 years.

This ratio shows the pressure on productive population produced by the dependent part of population.

The total dependency ratio of population in Swaziland is 70.6 %.

What does this value mean? It shows that the dependent part of population is more than a half of the working part. It means that the working population (labor force) in Swaziland must provide goods for itself and cover expenditure on children and aged persons (this population is more than a half of working population). The value of more than 50% shows that the pressure on productive population in Swaziland is relatively high.

Child dependency ratio

Child dependency ratio is a ratio of people below working age (under 15) to workforce of a country.

Child dependency ratio in Swaziland is 64.4 %.

Aged dependency ratio

Aged dependency ratio is a ratio of people above working age (65+) to workforce of a country.

Aged dependency ratio in Swaziland is 6.1 %.

Source: The estimation data for section "Swaziland age dependency ratio" is based on the latest demographic and social statistics by United Nations Statistics Division external link.

Life expectancy

Life expectancy at birth is one of the most important demographic indicator. It shows the number of years a newborn infant would live assuming that birth and death rates will remain at the same level during the whole lifetime.

Total life expectancy (both sexes) at birth for Swaziland is 48.7 years.
This is below the average life expectancy at birth of the global population which is about 71 years (according to Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations).

Male life expectancy at birth is 48.9 years.
Female life expectancy at birth is 48.4 years.

Literacy of population

According to our estimates 738,761 persons or 87.47% of adult population (aged 15 years and above) in Swaziland are able to read and write. Accordingly about 105,828 adults are illiterate.

Literacy rate for adult male population is 87.44% (363,894 persons). 52,266 are illiterate.
Literacy rate for adult female population is 87.5% (374,867 persons). 53,562 are illiterate.

Youth literacy rates are 93.53% and 96.02% for males and females accordingly. The overall youth literacy rate is 94.77%. Youth literacy rate definition covers the population between the ages of 15 to 24 years.

Source: The estimation data for section "Swaziland population literacy" is based on the latest data published by UNESCO Institute for Statistics (retrieved March 13, 2016) external link.

Swaziland historical population (1951 - 2019)

The data is given as of 1st of January of an year.

Swaziland population history

YearPopulationGrowth Rate
1951275,976N/A %
1952282,1452.24 %
1953288,7642.35 %
1954295,8462.45 %
1955303,3762.55 %
1956311,3052.61 %
1957319,5512.65 %
1958328,0022.64 %
1959336,5322.60 %
1960345,0162.52 %
1961353,3782.42 %
1962361,6212.33 %
1963369,8552.28 %
1964378,2832.28 %
1965387,1172.34 %
1966396,4772.42 %
1967406,3872.50 %
1968416,8722.58 %
1969427,9882.67 %
1970439,7772.75 %
1971452,2812.84 %
1972465,5272.93 %
1973479,4973.00 %
1974494,1263.05 %
1975509,3483.08 %
1976525,1823.11 %
1977541,7003.15 %
1978558,8483.17 %
1979576,4483.15 %
1980594,3543.11 %
1981612,3443.03 %
1982630,3242.94 %
1983648,9152.95 %
1984669,3753.15 %
1985692,8733.51 %
1986720,1413.94 %
1987751,1044.30 %
1988784,3844.43 %
1989817,5694.23 %
1990848,2583.75 %
1991874,9883.15 %
1992897,5982.58 %
1993917,0862.17 %
1994935,2241.98 %
1995953,8261.99 %
1996973,9672.11 %
1997995,6332.22 %
19981,017,7272.22 %
19991,038,4232.03 %
20001,055,9331.69 %
20011,069,2401.26 %
20021,078,4800.86 %
20031,085,0720.61 %
20041,091,3620.58 %
20051,099,7090.76 %
20061,111,4231.07 %
20071,126,5291.36 %
20081,144,3021.58 %
20091,163,6401.69 %
20101,183,3391.69 %
20111,202,8031.64 %
20121,222,0761.60 %
20131,241,1681.56 %
20141,259,8771.51 %
20151,278,0411.44 %
20161,297,3781.51 %
20171,317,0071.51 %
20181,336,9331.51 %
20191,357,1611.51 %

The data is given as of 1st of January of an year.

Population projection (2020-2100)

YearPopulationGrowth Rate
20201,439,289N/A %
20251,555,3258.06 %
20301,666,4377.14 %
20351,774,6846.50 %
20401,881,3736.01 %
20451,984,6135.49 %
20502,081,0314.86 %
20552,168,2734.19 %
20602,244,4173.51 %
20652,308,8692.87 %
20702,361,4812.28 %
20752,402,3941.73 %
20802,432,1231.24 %
20852,451,5580.80 %
20902,461,8320.42 %
20952,463,5430.07 %
21002,457,301-0.25 %

The data is given as of 1st of July of an year (medium fertility variant).

Source : United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs: Population Division external link