For the country’s 50th anniversary of its independence, Swaziland’s absolute monarch declared a name change. The country is now to be known as eSwatini, which means “place of the Swazi” in the Swazi language. One justification for the name change that King Mswati III offered is the confusion with Switzerland, “Whenever we go abroad, people refer to us as Switzerland.”
Bordered by Mozambique to its northeast and by South Africa to its north, the country is landlocked. With an area of 17,364 km2(6,704 sq mi), eSwatini is one of the smallest countries in Africa.