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

 
  • Tue - Aug 3, 2021: Buffaloes Rampage Towards Cosafa Glory - AllAfrica News: Zambia
    [Namibian] TURA Magic Ladies' opponents Green Buffaloes of Zambia are reportedly looking beyond the Cosafa qualifier, towards the CAF Women's Champions League finals.
  • Tue - Aug 3, 2021: Remain On Guard Against Covid-19 - AllAfrica News: Zambia
    [Times of Zambia] IT is comforting to learn that Zambia has posted the lowest number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) related deaths in this latest wave of the pandemic.
  • Mon - Aug 2, 2021: Zambia Goes to Polls Amid Rising Public Debt - AllAfrica News: Zambia
    [Nation] The Covid-19 pandemic has only worsened things in Zambia. The pandemic, having sent the global economy into deep recession in 2020, continues to ravage developing nations, and Zambia has been hit hard.
  • Mon - Aug 2, 2021: Dismay Over Possibility of Internet Blackout During Zambia's August General Election - AllAfrica News: Zambia
    [Daily Maverick] Cellular providers MTN and Airtel cannot promise that they won't shut down services during the Zambian elections.
  • Sun - Aug 1, 2021: Youth and Women Manifesto - AllAfrica News: Zambia
    [Democracy Works] Within the framework of the Southern Africa Political Parties and Dialogue (SAPP&D) Programme, Democracy Works Foundation (DWF) in Zambia in partnership with the Zambia National Women's Lobby (ZNWL) and the Centre for Young Leaders in Africa (CYLA) embarked on a Youth and Women Manifesto initiative in October last year. The initiative was meant to collate and aggregate the aspirations of the youth and women groups in Zambia on a wide range of development and policy priorities for presentation to politi