Founded in 1876 through the missionary work of the Church of Scotland, Blantyre is the second largest city in Malawi, the Malawian national centre of commerce and finance. Near to Shire river, in the Southern Region (Blantyre district), Blantyre city has 730,000 inhabitants (25,000 of them are from UK, rest of Europe or South Africa).
The Malawi Broadcasting Corporation, the country's state broadcaster and the provider of Malawi's only television channel, has its headquarters in Blantyre. The Supreme Court is located here. The city houses the College of Medicine, the Malawi Polytechnic and the Kamuzu college of nursing, constituent colleges of the University of Malawi, along the Chipembere highway. Its rather unconventional location has meant that Blantyre is surrounded by Mount Soche, Ndirande mountain, Chiradzulu mountain and Michiru mountain which consolidates the Michiru Mountain Conservation Area.
With good infrastructure (roads, reticulated water, electricity, sanitation, fire protection, health, education and commercial and recreational facilities). The Malawian National Football team stadium is in Blantyre (Kamuzu Stadium -60,000). Factories and agriculture of tobacco, corn, wheat, coffee and tung. Highest Malawian level about shopping, health, transport and education. Tropical climate. Most of people (80%), are Roman Catholic Christian.