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A virtual guide to Zambia. Get an overview of Zambia's art, culture, people, environment, geography, history, economy and its government.
Beside a country profile with facts and figures, this page offers maps, statistics, weather information, and links to sources that provide you with information about this South African nation, e.g.: official web sites of Zambia, addresses of Zambian embassies, domestic airlines, local news, city- and country guides with extensive travel and tourism information.


 Upper Zambezi
Upper Zambezi © ZNTB

Republic of Zambia

Country Profile


Zambia's Flag
Flag of Zambia

Background:
The territory of Northern Rhodesia was administered by the South Africa Company from 1891 until takeover by the UK in 1923. During the 1920s and 1930s, advances in mining spurred development and immigration. The name was changed to Zambia upon independence in 1964.
In the 1980s and 1990s, declining copper prices and a prolonged drought hurt the economy. Elections in 1991 brought an end to one-party rule, but the subsequent vote in 1996 saw blatant harassment of opposition parties.

(Source: CIA - The World Factbook)

border countries: Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi
Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, Zimbabwe


related countries: South Africa, United Kingdom
 
Where in Africa is Zambia?

Official Name:
Republic of Zambia
short form: Zambia
former: Northern Rhodesia

ISO Country Code: zm

Country Calling Code: +260

Capital City: Lusaka (pop. approx. 1 million)

Other Cities: Kitwe, Ndola, Livingstone, Kabwe.


Government:
Type: Republic.
Independence: 24 October 1964 (from UK).
Constitution: 1991 (amended in 1996 to establish presidential term limits).

Geography:
Location: Southern Africa, landlocked country east of Angola.
Area: 752,618 sq. km. (290,585 sq. mi.).
Terrain: Varies; mostly high plateau savanna with some hills and mountains.

Climate: Generally dry and temperate, tropical; modified by altitude; rainy season (Oct. to April).

People:
Nationality: Zambian(s).
Population: 13 million (2010 census).
Ethnic groups: More than 70 ethnic groups. Main tribes are the Lozi, the Bemba, the Ngoni, the Tonga, the Luda, the Luvale and the Kaonde.
Religions: Christian, indigenous beliefs, Muslim, Hindu.
Languages: English (official), about 70 local languages and dialects, including Bemba, Lozi, Kaonde, Lunda, Luvale, Tonga, and Nyanja.
Literacy: women: 60.6%; men: 81.6%

Natural resources: Copper, cobalt, zinc, lead, coal, emeralds, gold, silver, uranium, hydropower.

Agriculture products: Corn, sorghum, rice, peanuts, sunflower seed, vegetables, flowers, tobacco, cotton, sugarcane, cassava (tapioca), coffee; cattle, goats, pigs, poultry, milk, eggs, hides

Industries: Copper mining and processing, construction, foodstuffs, beverages, chemicals, textiles, fertilizer, horticulture.

Exports partners: Switzerland 24.6%, South Africa 10.8%, Thailand 10.3%, China 9.9%, Italy 9%, Democratic Republic of the Congo 5%, Tanzania 4.7% (2006)

Imports partners: South Africa 50%, Zimbabwe 5.4%, UAE 4.7%, China 4.4% (2006)

Currency: Zambian Kwacha (ZMK)

(Source: Embassy of the Republic of Zambia and others.)

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Official Sites of Zambia

The Republic of Zambia - State House
Zambias Government (not) online.

National Assembly of Zambia
The Zambian Parliament.

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services (MIBS)

Diplomatic Missions
Permanent Mission of Zambia to the UN
Mission of Zambia to the United Nations.
Embassy of the Republic of Zambia in the US
Washington, DC.
Zambia High Commissioner
London

List of Zambia Missions Worldwide
Address list of Zambian Missions abroad.

Statistics
Central Statistical Office of Zambia
Zambia in figures.


Maps


Map of Zambia
Political Map of Zambia.
Administrative Map of Zambia
Map of Zambia with administrative divisions.
Google Earth Google Earth Zambia
Searchable satellite view of Zambia.
Google Earth Google Earth Lusaka
Searchable satellite view of Zambia's capital city.
Google Earth Google Earth Victoria Falls
Satellite view of Victoria Falls.

Political Map of Africa
The 54 countries of Africa.
Map of Africa
A Relief Map of Africa.

Elephants Zambia
Elephants at the river. © ZNTB
 

News


The Post
National news.
Times of Zambia
Zambia News.
Zambia Daily Mail
Without Fear Or Favour.

International News Sources
Allafrica.com - Zambia
With news from Zambia.
Mail & Guardian
Leading newspaper from South Africa, covers all Africa with current information.

Broadcast
Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation
Provides local news and live radio streams.
 

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Arts & Culture

BH Magazine
Urban African and Zambian Lifestyle Magazine.

Ngoni Dancing Group
Folklore Dancing Group.

Zambia Sosa
Zambian lifestyle site.
 
Dancing Group
 

Business & Economy

Bank of Zambia
The central bank of Zambia.
Development Bank of Zambia
Official website of the bank.

Lusaka Stock Exchange
The principal stock exchange of Zambia.

Zambiz
Zambia Business Website Directory.

Zambia Export Grower's Association (ZEGA)
Non profit association to promote the interests of Zambian growers wishing to export fresh horticulture produce.


__Transportation

Airline
Zambian Airways
Located in Lusaka, serves local and regional routes.
 
 

Destination Zambia - Travel and Tour Guides

Discover Zambia: Zambezi River, Victoria Falls, Lake Bangweulu, lake Kariba, lake Mweru Wantipa and part of lake Tanganyika
Information on accommodation, hotels, attractions, festivals, events, tourist boards, tours and much more by following the links below.

Zambia National Tourist Board
Zambia travel guide.

Lusaka Lowdown
Magazine including Information about Lusaka, Zambia's Capital.

Zamazing
Site about what to do in Lusaka.

Spirit of the Land
Photographer Stephen Robinson shows the landscapes of Zambia in panoramic format.

New Zambia
Economic reflections for a new and better Zambia. (Blog)

The Zambian
US based Zambian community portal.
Visit Zambia
A travel and tourism site with comprehensive country information.
Zanglish
Dictionary of Zambian English.
 

Travel and Tour Consumer Information

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Education

The University of Zambia
Official website of the university located in Lusaka.
 
 

Environment & Nature

Air pollution and resulting acid rain in the mineral extraction and refining region; chemical runoff into watersheds.
Lack of adequate water treatment presents human health risks.
Poaching seriously threatens rhinoceros, elephant, antelope, and large cat populations.
Deforestation with soil erosion and desertification.

Governmental
Zambezi River Authority (of Zambia and Zimbabwe)
The function of the authority is to manage and develop the water resources of the common Zambezi River and the Kariba Dam Complex.

NGO's
Chipembele Wildlife Education Centre
The Centre is a learning facility for Zambian children. It focuses its programmes on wildlife, the environment and conservation issues.
Conservation Lower Zambezi CLZ
Providing a safe refuge for elephants and other wildlife of the Lower Zambezi National Park in Zambia.
Kasanka Trust
Website of the charity working to conserve and develop Kasanka National Park.
Mwanachingwala Conservation Area
Site about the wetland habitat in in the Kafue Flats near Lochinvar, Zambia.
Zambezi Society
Conservation group devoted solely to looking after the Zambezi.
Zambian Ornithological Society
Society for the protection of Zambia’s bird life.

 
 

History

History of Zambia
Page of the Zambia National Tourist Board about Zambia's history.
History of Zambia
Wikipedia entry about Zambia's history.

 

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