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: 16,445,079 (2018)

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

 
  • Tue - Aug 20, 2019: 100 Zambians Deported From Namibia - AllAfrica News: Zambia
    [Times of Zambia] More than 100 Zambians have been removed from Namibia in the last six days for unlawful entry.
  • Tue - Aug 20, 2019: Hunger Looms in Southern Province - AllAfrica News: Zambia
    [Times of Zambia] About 70,000 Pemba constituency residents are stalked by hunger while 1,000 residents of Mapampi village in Chief Nyawa's chiefdom in Kazungula are sharing one borehole with livestock following drought in southern province.
  • Fri - Aug 16, 2019: Girl, 12, Drowns in Hippo Attack - AllAfrica News: Zambia
    [Times of Zambia] A grade 6 pupil of Itezhi-tezhi District has drowned in the lower Kafue River after a hippo hit and flipped a canoe she and five others were paddling in.
  • Fri - Aug 16, 2019: 'Zambia About to Attain HIV/Aids Control' - AllAfrica News: Zambia
    [Times of Zambia] Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya has declared that Zambia is on the verge of attaining HIV/AIDS epidemic control with only about 200,000 people of the total 1.2 million estimated to be living with the virus in the country that need to be put on Antiretroviral (ARV) drugs.
  • Fri - Aug 16, 2019: Nshindano Promises Solutions to Electoral Concerns - AllAfrica News: Zambia
    [Times of Zambia] Newly-appointed Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) chief electoral officer Kryticous Nshindano has pledged to work on the concerns raised by various stakeholders to ensure that the electoral body delivers credible and transparent elections.