Swaziland’s king, King Mswati III, has announced that the country’s name has changed to the Kingdom of eSwatini.
King Mswati III is one of the world’s few absolute monarchs. The change was announced during the king’s birthday celebrations in order to mark half a century since the country’s independence.
eSwatini is Swaziland’s historic name and means “place of the Swazi”. Unlike some countries, Swaziland did not change its name when it gained independence in 1968 after being a British protectorate for more than 60 years.