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: 14,600,000 (2014)

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

 
  • Thu - Apr 19, 2018: Hwange Colliery Eyes DR Congo, South Africa, Zambia Markets - AllAfrica News: Zambia
    [Financial Gazette] Struggling coal producer, Hwange Colliery Company Limited, is eyeing regional markets to widen its revenue streams and earn foreign currency.
  • Wed - Apr 18, 2018: Zanaco in Mission Impossible - AllAfrica News: Zambia
    [Times of Zambia] Zanaco have a near impossible task of qualifying to the group stage of the 2018 Total CAF Confederation Cup as they today to overturn a 2-0 deficit away to Raja Casablanca tonight at the Stade Mohammad V.
  • Wed - Apr 18, 2018: Financial Scandals in Ministries Continue - AllAfrica News: Zambia
    [Times of Zambia] Over the past few years, the Auditor-General's Report has been revealing glaring financial impropriety in a number of Government Ministries involving millions of tax payers' money.
  • Wed - Apr 18, 2018: Zambia Education Minister Challenges Scientists, Researchers - AllAfrica News: Zambia
    [Times of Zambia] Higher Education Minister Nkandu Luo has challenged scientists and researchers in the Southern African Development Community region to simplify and make public their findings and solutions to climate change.
  • Wed - Apr 18, 2018: Lusaka Wife to Hang for Killing Husband - AllAfrica News: Zambia
    [Times of Zambia] A ninteen-year-old Lusaka wife has been sentenced to death for stabbing her husband to death using a kitchen knife.