Capital: Lusaka ; GDP growth (annual %) 2016: 3.3%
Key Facts

Full name: Republic of Zambia
Population: 13.2 million (UN, 2010)
Area: 752,614 sq km (290,586 sq miles)
Major language: English (official), Bemba, Lozi, Nyanja, Tonga
Major religions: Christianity, indigenous beliefs, Hinduism, Islam
Life expectancy: 49 years (men), 50 years (women) (UN)
Monetary unit: 1 Kwacha = 100 ngwee
Main exports: Copper, minerals, tobacco
GNI per capita: US $1,070 (World Bank, 2010)
Internet domain: .zm
International dialling code: +260

  • Africa's Relationship With China Is Ancient History


    In 2002 South Africa's Parliament unveiled a digital reproduction of a map - of China, the Middle East and Africa - that some speculated could be the initial map of the African continent. The Da Ming Hun Yi Tu - the Comprehensive Map of the Great Ming Empire - was drawn up around 1389 during the Ming Dynasty, according to historian Hyunhee Park.

  • Climate change laws around the world


    There has been a 20-fold increase in the number of global climate change laws since 1997, according to the most comprehensive database of relevant policy and legislation.

    The database, produced by the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and the Sabin Center on Climate Change Law, includes more than 1,200 relevant policies across 164 countries, which account for 95% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Preventable blindness in children on the rise in poorer countries


    The number of children suffering from preventable blindness is increasing, half because additional children are surviving complicated births in low- and middle-gain nations, specialists say. Worldwide, about 19 million children under the age of 15 are blind, with 12 million of these cases preventable or treatable.

    Experts say one cause of high rates of blindness is retinopathy of prematurity (Rop), which occurs in premature infants and can be caused by being given too much oxygen next birth.

    Brian Doolan, CEO of the Fred Hollows Foundation, said world advances in neonatal care mean additional children are surviving early births, but this means additional premature babies are at risk of Rop.

  • Zambian leadership crisis is Sata’s defining legacy


    For a man who promised so much for so long while in opposition, and again even additional once he assumed office, Michael Sata’s legacy is underwhelming. Aside from his flagship initiative to raise the minimum wage, and some much-needed labour law reform, the late Zambian president failed to really stamp his authority on the country, his plans undone by the illness which from presently on killed him in October this year.

  • Africa: Making Things Happen at the Bank - 'Not a Talk Shop' - Akin Adesina


    Dr. Akinwumi Adesina is focusing on five areas to achieve the African and world goals for a prosperous continent since becoming president of the African Development Bank - Africa's major public financial institution in September 2015. He was a keynote speaker at this month's Corporate Council on Africa's U.S.- Africa Business Summit in Washington D.C. and moderated a lively panel with five African government ministers. He as well received the Gene White Lifetime Succcess Award from the World Child Nutrition Foundation. This week, he was named the 2017 recipient of the World Food Prize, a prestigious honor that includes a $250,000 award. In an interview in Washington, DC, Adesina discussed the Development Bank's ambitious schedule and his vision for attracting the increase capital Africa needs. Posting questions for AllAfrica was Noluthando Crockett-Ntonga.

  • Yichida Ndlovu


    IMAGINE the anxiety of sitting in the cabin of an airplane, listening to the voice of a woman introducing herself as your pilot and requesting you to buckle up as the aircraft prepares to take off.

  • Rudi Botha General Manager of Southern Cross Motors Ltd


    By focusing on excellence in both pre and post-sales customer service, inclunding investing heavily in its workshops and equipment, the company has built up an enviable reputation for its comprehensive auto services. In an exclusive interview with Globus Vision, Rudi Botha, General Manager of Southern Cross Motors Ltd, and Sales Manager Mike Ng’uni provide an outline of the company’s performance, its considerate of customers’ needs, and the automobile market in Zambia today.

  • Zambia President Rupiah B. Banda


    Michael Chilufya Sata is a Zambian politician who has been the fifth President of Zambia since 23 September 2011. A social democrat, he leads the Patriotic Front, a major political party in Zambia.

  • Zambia has experienced a phenomenal 7.5% average GDP increase


    Zambia’s government is targeting the diversification of its economy, particularly by boosting the agriculture and manufacturing sectors and adding price wherever possible, inclunding developing its infrastructure. Minister of Data Chishimba Kambwili discusses the opportunities and challenges ahead.

  • Outlook for 2013-17


    The country (Zambia) is situated in Southern Africa, east of Angola.
    It has borders with Congo (Kinshasa) for 1930 km, Angola for 1110 km, Malawi for 837 km, Mozambique for 419km, Namibia for 233km, Tanzania for 338 km and Zimbabwe for 797 km. Land in Zambia is frequently high plateau with a number of hills and mountains.
    Zambian land covers an area of 752614 km²
    The climate is tropical; modified by altitude; rainy season (October to April).
    Zambian speak English, major vernaculars - Kaonda,Bemba, Lozi, Lunda, Nyanja, Tonga,Luvale, and about 70 other indigenous languages.

  • Lusaka


    Lusaka is the capital and largest city of Zambia. One of the fastest-developing cities in Southern Africa, Lusaka is located in the southern among of the central plateau at an elevation of about 1,300 metres (4,265 feet). As of 2010, the city's people is about 1.7 million. Lusaka is the centre of both commerce and government in Zambia and connects to the country's four largest highways heading north, south, east and west. English is the official language of the city, but Nyanja, and Bemba are as well common.