Zambia

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INFORMATION

Capital: Lusaka

Government: Unitary Presidential Republic

Current President: Edgar Lungu

Economy:

  • Zambia’s economy has experienced strong growth in recent years, with real GDP growth in 2005-11 more than 6% per year.
  • Dependency on copper makes Zambia’s economy vulnerable to depressed commodity prices.

Population: 17,426,623 (2020)

Land Size: 752,614 sq km (290,586 sq miles)

Major Ethnic Groups:

  • Bemba
  • Tonga
  • Chewa
  • Lozi
  • Nsenga
  • Tumbuka
  • Ngoni
  • Lala
  • Kaonde
  • Lunda
  • Other: 0.5% (includes Europeans, Asians, and Americans) (2000 Census)
Religions:

  • Christian: 50-75%
  • Muslim and Hindu: 24-49%
  • Indigenous African Religions: 1%

Language(s):

  • Bemba (official): 30.1%
  • Nyanja (official): 10.7%
  • Tonga (official): 10.6%
  • Lozi (official): 5.7%
  • Chewa: 4.9%
  • Nsenga: 3.4%
  • Tumbuka: 2.5%
  • Lunda (official): 2.2%
  • Kaonde (official): 2%
  • Lala: 2%
  • Luvale (official): 1.7%
  • English (official): 1.7%
  • other: 22.5%

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RECENT NEWS

 
  • Sun - Sep 20, 2020: Details On Monkey-Trafficking Scandal Emerge - AllAfrica News: Zambia
    [The Herald] A syndicate of four individuals that smuggled 32 monkeys from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to South Africa, used fake papers to cross the first border into Zambia and then into Zimbabwe but their luck ran out when Zimbabwean immigration authorities at Chirundu decided to check with ZimParks, who investigated and found the documentation fake.
  • Fri - Sep 18, 2020: Will Kenya-Zambia Friendly Go Ahead After New Covid-19 Guidelines? - AllAfrica News: Zambia
    [Nation] The Ministry of Sports on Friday released guidelines for the phased resumption of sporting activities following a decline in Covid-19 cases in the country.
  • Wed - Sep 16, 2020: Small-Scale Miners Back ZCCM-IH Quest for Greater Stake in Mopani - AllAfrica News: Zambia
    [Times of Zambia] THE Small-Scale Miner's Association of Zambia (SSMAZ) has added its voice to the chorus of calls urging the ZCCM-IH to go ahead and acquire a greater stake in the Glencore-owned Mopani Copper Mines.
  • Wed - Sep 16, 2020: FISP Fertiliser Swapped for a Sip - AllAfrica News: Zambia
    [Times of Zambia] Chief Katumba of the Chewa people in Sinda and Katete districts in Eastern Province has urged his subjects not to sell the fertiliser they receive from the Government under the Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP).
  • Mon - Sep 14, 2020: 50-Year Mystery of MP's Death - AllAfrica News: Zambia
    [Nation] As he sipped his drink one late evening in Lusaka, Zambia, early September 1970, West Mugirango MP George Justus Morara bumped into Nahashon Isaac Njenga Njoroge - the man who assassinated Constitutional Affairs Minister, Tom Mboya, on July 5, 1969.