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

 
  • Sat - Nov 28, 2020: Zambia, South Africa Qualify for Total U-17 Afcon, Morocco 2021! - AllAfrica News: Zambia
    [Cosafa] Zambia will clash with South Africa in the final of the COSAFA Qualifiers for TOTAL U-17 AFCON, Morocco 2021, but both sides have already secured a place at the continental showpiece tournament next year.
  • Fri - Nov 27, 2020: U.S. Relations With Zambia - AllAfrica News: Zambia
    [State Department] The United States established diplomatic relations with Zambia in 1964, following its independence from the United Kingdom. Zambia saw single-party rule from independence until 1973, when it formally became a one-party state. In 1991, Zambia began adopting multi-party democracy and a more liberalized economy. Zambia's economic growth has not benefited the many rural and urban Zambians who continue to live in poverty. The Zambian government is pursuing a national development plan to reduce the economy's rel
  • Fri - Nov 27, 2020: Police Net 6 for Importing Zambia Charcoal Using Livingstonia Synod Vehicle - AllAfrica News: Zambia
    [Nyasa Times] Malawi Police Service in Mzimba have arrested six Malawians for allegedly importing charcoal from Zambia without government authorisation.
  • Fri - Nov 27, 2020: Milestone as Tanzania-Zambia Electricity Project Team Gets Down to Work - AllAfrica News: Zambia
    [East African] Tanzania-Zambia Electricity Transmission Initiative that seeks to enable the two neighbouring power pools, the Eastern Africa Power Pool (EAPP) and the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP), to link up for improved inter-regional trade has begun its groundwork.
  • Wed - Nov 25, 2020: East Syndicate Stealing FISP Inputs - AllAfrica News: Zambia
    [Times of Zambia] Authorities in Lundazi have exposed a scam in which some agricultural officials are running a syndicate specialising in stealing fertiliser and seed supplied under the Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP).