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: 15.972 million (2017)

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

 
  • Mon - Aug 20, 2018: Analyst Says Opposition's Biti Was Refused Asylum as Payback for Interference - AllAfrica News: Zambia
    [New Zimbabwe] EARLIER this month opposition MDC Alliance principal Tendai Biti fled to Zambia where he sought political asylum in the deadly aftermath of the July 30 elections.
  • Fri - Aug 17, 2018: Angola and Zambia Sign Visa Waiver Agreement - AllAfrica News: Zambia
    [ANGOP] Luanda -The Angolan and Zambian held this Thursday the symbolic launch of the visa-free agreement in ordinary passports, in a simultaneous act in both countries.
  • Fri - Aug 17, 2018: Visa Waiver Opens Border Between Angola and Zambia - AllAfrica News: Zambia
    [ANGOP] Luanda -Angolan and Zambian citizens can cross the common border from Thursday, without producing any entry visa, previously granted by the immigration authorities.
  • Thu - Aug 16, 2018: Mbabane Swallows in Sink or Swim Battle - AllAfrica News: Zambia
    [CAF] It is either sink or swim for Mbabane Swallows when they come face to face with the possible exit reality against visiting Zambia campaigners Zesco United in a Day Five clash at Mavuso Sports Centre on Saturday.
  • Thu - Aug 16, 2018: Govt Seeks U.S.$22 Million in Tax On Internet Calls - AllAfrica News: Zambia
    [East African] Zambia expects to raise $22 million annually in new tax on internet phone calls. The cabinet approved Monday a 30 ngwee (0.3 kwacha; $0.03) daily tariff charged on online phone calls.