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Republic of Zambia

Coat of arms of Zambia
Coat of arms
Motto: One Zambia, One Nation
Zambia (orthographic projection).svg
and largest city
Official languagesEnglish
Recognised regional languagesChewa, Bemba, Lunda, Tonga, Lozi, Luvale, Kaonde, Nyanja
• President
Edgar Lungu
Inonge Wina
• from the United Kingdom
24 October 1964
• Total
752,618 km2 (290,587 sq mi)[1] (39th)
• Water (%)
• 2020 estimate
18,383,955[2] (65th)
• 2020 census
• Density
25/km2 (64.7/sq mi) (65)
GDP (PPP)2019 estimate
• Total
$75,857 billion[4]
• Per capita
GDP (nominal)2019 estimate
• Total
• Per capita
Gini (2019)49.5
HDI (2019)Increase 0.591
medium · 143rd
CurrencyZambian kwacha (ZMW)
Time zoneUTC+2 (CAT)
• Summer (DST)
UTC+2 (not observed)
Driving sideleft
Calling code260
ISO 3166 codeZM
The flag of Zambia

The Republic of Zambia is a country in southern Africa. It shares its borders with the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the north, Tanzania to the north-east, Malawi to the east, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Namibia to the south, and Angola to the west. It was called Northern Rhodesia and it is currently named after the Zambezi River. Zambia is a undiscovered tourist hub home to one of the seven natural wonders of the world. The might Victoria falls. Zambia is a melting pot of culture and diversity yet to be appreciated with at least 72 spoken languages.

The capital of Zambia is Lusaka, which is also the largest city in the country. Edgar Lungu is the current president. Its motto is One Zambia, One Nation and its national anthem is Stand and Sing of Zambia, Proud and Free. Its official language is English.

History[change | change source]

Zambia originated from Northern Rhodesia which was a colony of Great Britain. In 1964 Zambia became an independent country. The first president was Kenneth Kaunda, who ruled Zambia for 27 years with his party UNIP. Zambia was a one party democracy. UNIP was the only legal party and all other parties were banned.

After protests, democratic elections were held in 1991. Kenneth Kaunda lost the elections and gave away his power in an orderly manner to his successor Frederick Chiluba, a former union leader.

Zambia is now a multi-party democracy. It has had three democratic elections since 1991. The latest presidential election was in 2016, which was won by edger lungu against hakahende hichilema.

Economy[change | change source]

In the 1960s, Zambia was making a lot of money because of the copper deposits that were mined in Copperbelt province. When copper became cheaper in the 1970s, the economy got worse because people in Zambia were not making as much money from selling copper.

Today, Zambia is a poor country. It does not have many industries. Copper is still its main export. Commercial farming in Zambia is starting to make more money.

Provinces[change | change source]

The provinces of Zambia

Zambia is divided into nine provinces. Each province is divided into several districts. There are 72 districts all together. The provinces are:

Cities[change | change source]

The important places in Zambia are:

Cities in Zambia
Rank City Population[source?] Province Image
Census 1980 Census 1990 Census 2000 Est. 2007
1. Lusaka 735,830 1,069,353 1,684,703 2,146,522 Lusaka Lusaka.jpg
2. Ndola 297,490 367,228 397,757 467,529 Copperbelt Ndola01.jpg
3. Kitwe 283,962 288,602 363,734 409,865 Copperbelt Kitwe.jpg
4. Kabwe 127,422 154,318 176,758 193,100 Central Big Tree Natl Mont Kabwe.JPG
5. Chingola 130,872 142,383 147,448 148,469 Copperbelt
6. Mufulira 138,824 123,936 122,336 119,291 Copperbelt
7. Livingstone 61,296 76,875 97,488 113,849 Southern Livingstone2.jpg
8. Luanshya 113,422 118,143 115,579 112,029 Copperbelt Luanshya1.jpg
9. Kasama 36,269 47,653 74,243 98,613 Northern
10. Chipata 33,627 52,213 73,110 91,416 Eastern Chipata - roadside clothes vendors.JPG

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References[change | change source]

  1. United Nations Statistics Division. "Population by sex, rate of population increase, surface area and density" (PDF). Retrieved 2007-11-09.
  2. Department of Economic and Social Affairs Population Division (2009). "World Population Prospects, Table A.1" (PDF). 2008 revision. United Nations. Retrieved 2009-03-12. line feed character in |author= at position 42 (help); Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  3. {{cite web|url= size, growth and composition|http//
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 "Zambia". International Monetary Fund. Retrieved 2010-04-21.