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Countries of the World: Zambia
Resources about Zambia including maps, facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, and economy.

Economy of Zambia GDP (2008, purchasing power parity): $17.39 billion. Annual growth rate (2010, projected): 5.8%. Per capita GDP (2008, current prices): $1,500. Natural resources: Copper, cobalt, zinc, lead, coal, emeralds, gold, silver, uranium, hydroelectric power, fertile land. Agriculture: Products--corn, sorghum, rice, groundnuts, sunflower seeds, vegetables, fruits, flowers, tobacco, cotton, sugarcane, livestock, coffee, and soybeans. Industry: Types--mining, transport, construction, foodstuffs, beverages, chemicals, and textiles. Trade (2008 est.): Exports--$5.08 billion: copper, cobalt, lead, and zinc, cut vegetables, cotton, tobacco. Major markets--Switzerland, China, Pakistan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Africa, Malawi. Imports--$5.06 billion: crude oil, refined petroleum products, manufactured goods, machinery, transport equipment, foodstuffs, chemicals. Major suppliers--South Africa, China, Democratic Republic of the Congo, United Kingdom. Major donors: Donor contributions totaled $1.181 billion in 2010, as reported by Ministry of Finance and National Planning. The European Commission is Zambia's largest multilateral donor. Other key multilateral donors include the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), UN agencies, and the African Development Bank. Counting direct bilateral assistance and assistance through multilateral agencies, the United States is Zambia's largest country donor, amounting to approximately $390 million in 2010.

Geography of Zambia Area: 752,612 sq. km. (290,585 sq. mi.); slightly larger than Texas. Cities: Capital--Lusaka (pop. approx. 1.7 million). Other cities: Kitwe, Ndola, Livingstone, Kabwe. Terrain: Varies; mostly plateau savanna. Climate: Generally dry and temperate.

Government of Zambia Type: Republic. Independence: October 24, 1964. Constitution: 1991 (as amended in 1996). Branches: Executive--president (chief of state and head of government), cabinet. Legislative--unicameral National Assembly. Judicial--Supreme Court, high court, magistrate courts, and local courts. Ruling political party: Movement for Multi-party Democracy (MMD). Suffrage: Universal adult. Subdivisions: Nine provinces subdivided into 72 districts.

Map of Zambia This Map of Zambia shows the borders of the country, as well as rivers, and cities including Lusaka the capital of Zambia. (Maps from the U.S. State Department)

Official Name of Zambia The Official Name of Zambia is the Republic of Zambia. (Facts from the U.S. State Department)

People of Zambia Nationality: Noun and adjective--Zambian(s). Population (mid-2009 est.): Approx. 12.9 million. Annual population growth rate (2009): 2.9%. Ethnic groups: More than 70 ethnic groups. Religions: Christian, indigenous beliefs, Muslim, Hindu. Languages: English (official), about 70 local languages and dialects, including Bemba, Lozi, Kaonde, Lunda, Luvale, Tonga, and Nyanja. Education: No compulsory education; 7 years free education. Literacy--women: 60.6%; men: 81.6%. Health: Infant mortality rate--70/1,000. Life expectancy-- 38.63 years. HIV prevalence (15-49 years of age)--14.3%. Work force: Agriculture--75%; mining and manufacturing--6%; services--19%.

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