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Coordinates: 15°S 30°E / 15°S 30°E / -15; 30

Republic
Republic
of Zambia

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Motto: "One Zambia, One Nation"Anthem: "Stand and Sing of Zambia, Proud and Free"Capitaland largest cityLusaka15°25′S 28°17′E / 15.417°S 28.283°E / -15.417; 28.283Official languagesEnglishRecognised regional languages > 0.5% 33.5% Bemba 14.8% Nyanja 11.4% Tonga 5.5% Lozi 4.5% Chewa 3.0% Nsenga 2.6% Tumbuka 1.9% Lunda 1.9% Kaonde 1.8% Lala 1.8% Lamba 1.7% English 1.5% Luvale 1.3% Mambwe 1.2% Lenje 1.2% Namwanga 1.0% Bisa 0.9% Ushi 0.7% Ila 0.7% Mbunda 0.7% Ngoni 0.7% Senga 0.6% Lungu 0.5% Toka-Leya 4.7% Others

Ethnic groups (2010[1]) > 0.5% 21.0% Bemba 13.6% Tonga 7.4% Chewa 5.7% Lozi 5.3% Nsenga 4.4% Tumbuka 4.0% Ngoni 3.1% Lala 2.9% Kaonde 2.8% Namwanga 2.6% Lunda (Northern) 2.5% Mambwe 2.2% Luvale 2.1% Lamba 1.9% Ushi 1.6% Bisa 1.6% Lenje 1.2% Mbunda 0.9% Lunda (Luapula) 0.9% Senga 0.8% Ila 0.8% Lungu 0.7% Tabwa 0.7% Soli 0.7% Kunda 0.6% Ngumbo 0.5% Chishinga 0.5% Chokwe 0.5% Nkoya 5.4% Other ethnics 0.8% Major racial 0.4% Unclassified

Religion ChristianityDemonym(s)ZambianGovernmentUnitary presidential constitutional republic• President Edgar Lungu• Vice President Inonge Wina LegislatureNational AssemblyIndependence from the United Kingdom•  North-Western Rhodesia
North-Western Rhodesia
27 June 1890• Barotziland- North-Western Rhodesia
North-Western Rhodesia
28 November 1899•  North-Eastern Rhodesia
North-Eastern Rhodesia
29 January 1900• Amalgamation of Northern Rhodesia
Northern Rhodesia
17 August 1911•  Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland
Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland
1 August 1953•  Republic
Republic
of Zambia
Zambia
24 October 1964• Current constitution 5 January 2016 Area • Total752,618 km2 (290,587 sq mi)[2] (38th)• Water (%)1Population• 2016 estimate16,591,390[3] (68th)• 2010 census13,092,666[4]• Density17.2/km2 (44.5/sq mi) (191st)GDP (PPP)2017 estimate• Total$68.64 billion[5]• Per capita$3,982[5]GDP (nominal)2017 estimate• Total$23.137 billion[5]• Per capita$1,342[5]Gini (2010)57.5[6]highHDI (2017) 0.588[7]medium · 144thCurrencyZambian kwacha (ZMW)Time zoneUTC+2 (CAT)Driving sideleftCalling code+260ISO 3166 codeZMInternet TLD.zm Zambia
Zambia
(/ˈzæmbiə/), officially the Republic
Republic
of Zambia, is a landlocked country in south-central Africa[8] (although some sources consider it part of East Africa[9]). It neighbours the Democratic Republic
Republic
of the Congo to the north, Tanzania
Tanzania
to the north-east, Malawi
Malawi
to the east, Mozambique
Mozambique
to the southeast, Zimbabwe and Botswana
Botswana
to the south, Namibia
Namibia
to the southwest, and Angola
Angola
to the west. The capital city is Lusaka, located in the south-central part of Zambia. The population is concentrated mainly around Lusaka
Lusaka
in the south and the Copperbelt Province
Copperbelt Province
to the northwest, the core economic hubs of the country. Originally inhabited by Khoisan
Khoisan
peoples, the region was affected by the Bantu expansion
Bantu expansion
of the thirteenth century. After visits by European explorers in the eighteenth century, the region became the British protectorates of Barotziland- North-Western Rhodesia
North-Western Rhodesia
and North-Eastern Rhodesia
North-Eastern Rhodesia
towards the end of the nineteenth century. These were merged in 1911 to form Northern Rhodesia. For most of the colonial period, Zambia
Zambia
was governed by an administration appointed from London with the advice of the British South Africa
Africa
Company. On 24 October 1964, Zambia
Zambia
became independent of the United Kingdom and prime minister Kenneth Kaunda
Kenneth Kaunda
became the inaugural president. Kaunda's socialist United National Independence Party
United National Independence Party
(UNIP) maintained power from 1964 until 1991. Kaunda played a key role in regional diplomacy, cooperating closely with the United States in search of solutions to conflicts in Rhodesia
Rhodesia
(Zimbabwe), Angola, and Namibia.[10] From 1972 to 1991 Zambia
Zambia
was a one-party state with the UNIP as the sole legal political party under the motto "One Zambia, One Nation". Kaunda was succeeded by Frederick Chiluba of the social-democratic Movement for Multi-Party Democracy in 1991, beginning a period of social-economic growth and government decentralisation. Levy Mwanawasa, Chiluba's chosen successor, presided over Zambia
Zambia
from January 2002 until his death in August 2008, and is credited with campaigns to reduce corruption and increase the standard of living. After Mwanawasa's death, Rupiah Banda
Rupiah Banda
presided as Acting President before being elected President in 2008. Holding office for only three years, Banda stepped down after his defeat in the 2011 elections by Patriotic Front party leader Michael Sata. Sata died on 28 October 2014, making him the second Zambian president to die in office.[11] Guy Scott
Guy Scott
served briefly as interim president until new elections were held on 20 January 2015,[12] in which Edgar Lungu
Edgar Lungu
was elected as the sixth President. In 2010, the World Bank
World Bank
named Zambia
Zambia
one of the world's fastest economically reformed countries.[13] The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa
Southern Africa
(COMESA) is headquartered in Lusaka.

Contents

1 Etymology 2 History

2.1 Prehistoric era 2.2 Bantu empires 2.3 European contact 2.4 British South Africa
Africa
Company 2.5 British colonization 2.6 Federation of Rhodesia
Rhodesia
and Nyasaland 2.7 Independence 2.8 Tensions with neighbours 2.9 Economic troubles 2.10 Democratisation

3 Politics

3.1 Foreign relations 3.2 Military 3.3 Administrative divisions 3.4 Human rights

4 Geography and Geology

4.1 Climate 4.2 Biodiversity

5 Demographics

5.1 Largest towns 5.2 Ethnic groups 5.3 Religion 5.4 Languages 5.5 Education 5.6 Health

6 Economy

6.1 Mining 6.2 Agriculture 6.3 Tourism 6.4 Energy 6.5 Manufacturing

7 Culture

7.1 Media 7.2 Sports 7.3 Music and dance

8 See also 9 References 10 Further reading 11 External links

Etymology[edit] Further information: Rhodesia
Rhodesia
(name) The territory of what is now Zambia
Zambia
was known as Northern Rhodesia from 1911. It was renamed Zambia
Zambia
at independence in 1964. The new name of Zambia
Zambia
was derived from the Zambezi
Zambezi
river ( Zambezi
Zambezi
may mean "Grand River").[14]

History[edit] This section needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.Find sources: "Zambia" – news · newspapers · books · scholar · JSTOR (October 2017) (Learn how and when to remove this template message) Main article: History of Zambia Skull of Broken Hill Man discovered in present-day Kabwe. Prehistoric era[edit] The area of modern Zambia
Zambia
is known to have been inhabited by the Khoisan
Khoisan
until around AD 300, when migrating Bantu began to settle around these areas.[15] These early hunter-gatherer groups were later either annihilated or absorbed by subsequent more organised Bantu groups. Archaeological excavation work on the Zambezi
Zambezi
Valley and Kalambo Falls show a succession of human cultures. In particular, ancient camping site tools near the Kalambo Falls
Kalambo Falls
have been radiocarbon dated to more than 36,000 year ago. The fossil skull remains of Broken Hill Man, dated between 300,000 and 125,000 years BC, further shows that the area was inhabited by early humans.

Bantu empires[edit] The early history of the peoples of modern Zambia
Zambia
can only be gleaned from knowledge passed down by generations through word of mouth.[16] In the 12th century, waves of Bantu-speaking immigrants arrived during the Bantu expansion. Among them, the Tonga
Tonga
people (also called Ba-Tonga, "Ba-" meaning "men") were the first to settle in Zambia
Zambia
and are believed to have come from the east near the "big sea". The Nkoya people also arrived early in the expansion, coming from the Luba–Lunda kingdoms in the southern parts of the modern Democratic Republic
Republic
of the Congo and northern Angola, followed by a much larger influx, especially between the late 12th and early 13th centuries[17]

To the east, the Maravi Empire, also spanning the vast areas of Malawi and parts of modern northern Mozambique
Mozambique
began to flourish under Kalonga. At the end of the 18th century, some of the Mbunda migrated to Barotseland, Mongu
Mongu
upon the migration of among others, the Ciyengele.[18][19] The Aluyi and their leader, the Litunga Mulambwa, especially valued the Mbunda for their fighting ability. In the early 19th century, the Nsokolo people settled in the Mbala district of Northern Province. During the 19th century, the Ngoni and Sotho peoples arrived from the south. By the late 19th century, most of the various peoples of Zambia
Zambia
were established in their current areas.

European contact[edit] An 1864 portrait of Scottish explorer and missionary David Livingstone. The earliest European to visit the area was the Portuguese explorer Francisco de Lacerda in the late 18th century. Lacerda led an expedition from Mozambique
Mozambique
to the Kazembe region in Zambia
Zambia
(with the goal of exploring and to crossing Southern Africa
Southern Africa
from coast to coast for the first time),[20] and died during the expedition in 1798. The expedition was from then on led by his friend Francisco Pinto.[21] This territory, located between Portuguese Mozambique
Mozambique
and Portuguese Angola, was claimed and explored by Portugal in that period. Other European visitors followed in the 19th century. The most prominent of these was David Livingstone, who had a vision of ending the slave trade through the "3 Cs": Christianity, Commerce and Civilization. He was the first European to see the magnificent waterfalls on the Zambezi
Zambezi
River in 1855, naming them the Victoria Falls after Queen Victoria
Queen Victoria
of the United Kingdom. He described them thus: "Scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight". Locally the falls are known as "Mosi-o-Tunya" or "thundering smoke" in the Lozi or Kololo dialect. The town of Livingstone, near the Falls, is named after him. Highly publicised accounts of his journeys motivated a wave of European visitors, missionaries and traders after his death in 1873.[22][unreliable source?]

British South Africa
Africa
Company[edit] In 1888, the British South Africa
Africa
Company (BSA Company), led by Cecil Rhodes, obtained mineral rights from the Litunga of the Lozi people, the Paramount Chief of the Lozi (Ba-rotse) for the area which later became Barotziland-North-Western Rhodesia.[23]

Cecil Rhodes To the east, in December 1897 a group of the Angoni or Ngoni (originally from Zululand) rebelled under Tsinco, son of King Mpezeni, but the rebellion was put down,[24] and Mpezeni accepted the Pax Britannica. That part of the country then came to be known as North-Eastern Rhodesia. In 1895, Rhodes asked his American scout Frederick Russell Burnham
Frederick Russell Burnham
to look for minerals and ways to improve river navigation in the region, and it was during this trek that Burnham discovered major copper deposits along the Kafue River.[25] North-Eastern Rhodesia
North-Eastern Rhodesia
and Barotziland- North-Western Rhodesia
North-Western Rhodesia
were administered as separate units until 1911 when they were merged to form Northern Rhodesia, a British protectorate. In 1923, the BSA Company ceded control of Northern Rhodesia
Northern Rhodesia
to the British Government after the government decided not to renew the Company's charter.

British colonization[edit] In 1923, Southern Rhodesia
Southern Rhodesia
(now Zimbabwe), a conquered territory which was also administered by the BSA Company, became a self-governing British colony. In 1924, after negotiations, administration of Northern Rhodesia
Northern Rhodesia
transferred to the British Colonial Office.

Federation of Rhodesia
Rhodesia
and Nyasaland[edit] In 1953, the creation of the Federation of Rhodesia
Rhodesia
and Nyasaland grouped together Northern Rhodesia, Southern Rhodesia
Southern Rhodesia
and Nyasaland (now Malawi) as a single semi-autonomous region. This was undertaken despite opposition from a sizeable minority of the population, who demonstrated against it in 1960–61.[26] Northern Rhodesia was the centre of much of the turmoil and crisis characterising the federation in its last years. Initially, Harry Nkumbula's African National Congress (ANC) led the campaign, which Kenneth Kaunda's United National Independence Party
United National Independence Party
(UNIP) subsequently took up.

Independence[edit] Kenneth Kaunda, first Republican president, on a state visit to Romania
Romania
in 1986. A two-stage election held in October and December 1962 resulted in an African majority in the legislative council and an uneasy coalition between the two African nationalist parties. The council passed resolutions calling for Northern Rhodesia's secession from the federation and demanding full internal self-government under a new constitution and a new National Assembly based on a broader, more democratic franchise. The federation was dissolved on 31 December 1963, and in January 1964, Kaunda won the only election for Prime Minister of Northern Rhodesia. The Colonial Governor, Sir Evelyn Hone, was very close to Kaunda and urged him to stand for the post. Soon after, there was an uprising in the north of the country known as the Lumpa Uprising led by Alice Lenshina – Kaunda's first internal conflict as leader of the nation. Northern Rhodesia
Northern Rhodesia
became the Republic
Republic
of Zambia
Zambia
on 24 October 1964, with Kenneth Kaunda
Kenneth Kaunda
as the first president. At independence, despite its considerable mineral wealth, Zambia
Zambia
faced major challenges. Domestically, there were few trained and educated Zambians capable of running the government, and the economy was largely dependent on foreign expertise. This expertise was provided in part by John Willson CMG[27] There were over 70,000 Europeans resident in Zambia
Zambia
in 1964, and they remained of disproportionate economic significance.[28]

Tensions with neighbours[edit] Kaunda's endorsement of Patriotic Front guerrillas conducting raids into neighbouring (Southern) Rhodesia
Rhodesia
resulted in political tension and a militarisation of the border, leading to its closure in 1973.[29] The Kariba hydroelectric station on the Zambezi River provided sufficient capacity to satisfy the country's requirements for electricity, despite Rhodesian management. On 3 September 1978, a Russian-supplied heat-seeking missile was used to shoot down a civilian airliner, Air Rhodesia
Rhodesia
Flight 825, near Kariba. Miraculously, 18 people, including children, survived the crash only for most of them to be shot in cold blood by militants of the Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe
African People's Union (ZAPU) led by Joshua Nkomo. Rhodesia
Rhodesia
responded with Operation Gatling, an attack on Nkomo's guerilla bases in Zambia, in particular his military headquarters just outside Lusaka; this raid became known as the Green Leader Raid. On the same day, two more bases in Zambia
Zambia
were attacked using air power and elite paratroops and helicopter-borne troops.[30] A railway (TAZARA – Tanzania
Tanzania
Zambia
Zambia
Railways) to the Tanzanian port of Dar es Salaam, completed in 1975 with Chinese assistance, reduced Zambian dependence on railway lines south to South Africa
Africa
and west through an increasingly troubled Portuguese Angola. Until the completion of the railway, Zambia's major artery for imports and the critical export of copper was along the TanZam Road, running from Zambia
Zambia
to the port cities in Tanzania. The Tazama oil pipeline was also built from Dar es Salaam
Dar es Salaam
to Ndola
Ndola
in Zambia. By the late 1970s, Mozambique
Mozambique
and Angola
Angola
had attained independence from Portugal. Rhodesia's predominantly white government, which issued a Unilateral Declaration of Independence in 1965, accepted majority rule under the Lancaster House Agreement
Lancaster House Agreement
in 1979.[31] Civil strife in both Portuguese colonies and a mounting Namibian War of Independence resulted in an influx of refugees[32] and compounded transportation issues. The Benguela railway, which extended west through Angola, was essentially closed to Zambian traffic by the late 1970s. Zambia's support for anti-apartheid movements such as the African National Congress
African National Congress
(ANC) also created security problems as the South African Defence Force
South African Defence Force
struck at dissident targets during external raids.[33]

Economic troubles[edit] In the mid-1970s, the price of copper, Zambia's principal export, suffered a severe decline worldwide. In Zambia's situation, the cost of transporting the copper great distances to market was an additional strain. Zambia
Zambia
turned to foreign and international lenders for relief, but, as copper prices remained depressed, it became increasingly difficult to service its growing debt. By the mid-1990s, despite limited debt relief, Zambia's per capita foreign debt remained among the highest in the world.

Democratisation[edit] In June 1990 riots against Kaunda accelerated. Many protesters were killed by the regime in breakthrough June 1990 protests. In 1990 Kaunda survived an attempted coup, and in 1991 he agreed to reinstate multiparty democracy, having instituted one party rule under the Choma Commission of 1972. Following multiparty elections, Kaunda was removed from office (see below). In the 2000s, the economy stabilized, attaining single-digit inflation in 2006–2007, real GDP growth, decreasing interest rates, and increasing levels of trade. Much of its growth is due to foreign investment in mining and to higher world copper prices. All this led to Zambia
Zambia
being courted enthusiastically by aid donors, and saw a surge in investor confidence in the country.

Politics[edit] Main article: Politics of Zambia Zambia
Zambia
National Assembly building in Lusaka Politics in Zambia
Zambia
take place in a framework of a presidential representative democratic republic, whereby the President of Zambia
President of Zambia
is both head of state and head of government in a pluriform multi-party system. The government exercises executive power, while legislative power is vested in both the government and parliament. Zambia
Zambia
became a republic immediately upon attaining independence in October 1964. From 2011 to 2014, Zambia's president had been Michael Sata, until Sata died on 28 October 2014.[34] After Sata's death, Vice President Guy Scott, a Zambian of Scottish descent, became acting President of Zambia. On 24 January 2015 it was announced that Edgar Chagwa Lungu had won the election to become the 6th President in a tightly contested race. He won 48.33% of the vote, a lead of 1.66% over his closest rival, Hakainde Hichilema, with 46.67%.[35] 9 other candidates all got less than 1% each.

Foreign relations[edit] Further information: Foreign relations of Zambia After independence in 1964 the foreign relations of Zambia
Zambia
were mostly focused on supporting liberation movements in other countries in Southern Africa, such as the African National Congress
African National Congress
and SWAPO. During the Cold War
Cold War
Zambia
Zambia
was a member of the Non-Aligned Movement.

Military[edit] Main article: Zambian Defence Force The Zambian Defence Force
Zambian Defence Force
(ZDF) consists of the Zambia
Zambia
Army (ZA), the Zambia
Zambia
Air Force (ZAF), and the Zambian National Service (ZNS). The ZDF is designed primarily against external threats.

Administrative divisions[edit] Further information: Provinces of Zambia

Zambia
Zambia
is divided into ten provinces, which are further divided into 117 districts, 156 constituencies and 1,281 wards.

Provinces Central Province Copperbelt Eastern Province Luapula Lusaka Muchinga North-Western Province Northern Province Southern Province Western Province Human rights[edit] See also: Human rights in Zambia
Human rights in Zambia
and LGBT rights in Zambia The government is sensitive to opposition and other criticism and has been quick to prosecute critics using the legal pretext that they had incited public disorder. Libel laws are used to suppress free speech and the press.[36] Same-sex sexual activity is illegal for both males and females in Zambia.[37] A 2010 survey revealed that only 2% of Zambians find homosexuality to be morally acceptable.[38]

Geography and Geology[edit] Main articles: Geography of Zambia
Geography of Zambia
and Geology of Zambia Zambia
Zambia
map of Köppen climate classification. Zambia
Zambia
is a landlocked country in southern Africa, with a tropical climate, and consists mostly of high plateaus with some hills and mountains, dissected by river valleys. At 752,614 km2 (290,586 sq mi) it is the 39th-largest country in the world, slightly smaller than Chile. The country lies mostly between latitudes 8° and 18°S, and longitudes 22° and 34°E. Zambia
Zambia
is drained by two major river basins: the Zambezi/ Kafue
Kafue
basin in the centre, west and south covering about three-quarters of the country; and the Congo basin in the north covering about one-quarter of the country. A very small area in the northeast forms part of the internal drainage basin of Lake Rukwa
Lake Rukwa
in Tanzania. In the Zambezi
Zambezi
basin, there are a number of major rivers flowing wholly or partially through Zambia: the Kabompo, Lungwebungu, Kafue, Luangwa, and the Zambezi
Zambezi
itself, which flows through the country in the west and then forms its southern border with Namibia, Botswana
Botswana
and Zimbabwe. Its source is in Zambia
Zambia
but it diverts into Angola, and a number of its tributaries rise in Angola's central highlands. The edge of the Cuando River
Cuando River
floodplain (not its main channel) forms Zambia's southwestern border, and via the Chobe River
Chobe River
that river contributes very little water to the Zambezi
Zambezi
because most is lost by evaporation.[39] Two of the Zambezi's longest and largest tributaries, the Kafue
Kafue
and the Luangwa, flow mainly in Zambia. Their confluences with the Zambezi are on the border with Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe
at Chirundu and Luangwa town respectively. Before its confluence, the Luangwa River
Luangwa River
forms part of Zambia's border with Mozambique. From Luangwa town, the Zambezi
Zambezi
leaves Zambia
Zambia
and flows into Mozambique, and eventually into the Mozambique Channel. The Zambezi
Zambezi
falls about 100 metres (328 ft) over the 1.6 km (0.99 mi) wide Victoria Falls, located in the south-west corner of the country, subsequently flowing into Lake Kariba. The Zambezi valley, running along the southern border, is both deep and wide. From Lake Kariba
Lake Kariba
going east it is formed by grabens and like the Luangwa, Mweru-Luapula, Mweru-wa-Ntipa
Mweru-wa-Ntipa
and Lake Tanganyika
Lake Tanganyika
valleys, is a rift valley. The north of Zambia
Zambia
is very flat with broad plains. In the west the most notable being the Barotse Floodplain
Barotse Floodplain
on the Zambezi, which floods from December to June, lagging behind the annual rainy season (typically November to April). The flood dominates the natural environment and the lives, society and culture of the inhabitants and those of other smaller, floodplains throughout the country.

Victoria Falls In Eastern Zambia
Zambia
the plateau which extends between the Zambezi
Zambezi
and Lake Tanganyika
Lake Tanganyika
valleys is tilted upwards to the north, and so rises imperceptibly from about 900 m (2,953 ft) in the south to 1,200 m (3,937 ft) in the centre, reaching 1,800 m (5,906 ft) in the north near Mbala. These plateau areas of northern Zambia
Zambia
have been categorised by the World Wildlife Fund
World Wildlife Fund
as a large section of the Central Zambezian Miombo woodlands
Central Zambezian Miombo woodlands
ecoregion. Eastern Zambia
Zambia
shows great diversity. The Luangwa Valley splits the plateau in a curve north east to south west, extended west into the heart of the plateau by the deep valley of the Lunsemfwa River. Hills and mountains are found by the side of some sections of the valley, notably in its north-east the Nyika Plateau (2,200 m or 7,218 ft) on the Malawi
Malawi
border, which extend into Zambia
Zambia
as the Mafinga Hills, containing the country's highest point, Mafinga Central (2,339 m or 7,674 ft).[40] The Muchinga Mountains, the watershed between the Zambezi
Zambezi
and Congo drainage basins, run parallel to the deep valley of the Luangwa River and form a sharp backdrop to its northern edge, although they are almost everywhere below 1,700 m (5,577 ft). Their culminating peak Mumpu is at the western end and at 1,892 m (6,207 ft) is the highest point in Zambia
Zambia
away from the eastern border region. The border of the Congo Pedicle was drawn around this mountain. The southernmost headstream of the Congo River
Congo River
rises in Zambia
Zambia
and flows west through its northern area firstly as the Chambeshi and then, after the Bangweulu Swamps as the Luapula, which forms part of the border with the Democratic Republic
Republic
of the Congo. The Luapula flows south then west before it turns north until it enters Lake Mweru. The lake's other major tributary is the Kalungwishi River, which flows into it from the east. The Luvua River
Luvua River
drains Lake Mweru, flowing out of the northern end to the Lualaba River
Lualaba River
(Upper Congo River). Lake Tanganyika
Lake Tanganyika
is the other major hydrographic feature that belongs to the Congo basin. Its south-eastern end receives water from the Kalambo River, which forms part of Zambia's border with Tanzania. This river has Africa's second highest uninterrupted waterfall, the Kalambo Falls.

Climate[edit] Main article: Climate of Zambia Zambia
Zambia
is located on the plateau of Central Africa, between 1000–1600 m above sea level. The average altitude of 1200 m generally has a moderate climate. The climate of Zambia
Zambia
is tropical, modified by elevation. In the Köppen climate classification, most of the country is classified as humid subtropical or tropical wet and dry, with small stretches of semi-arid steppe climate in the south-west and along the Zambezi
Zambezi
valley. There are two main seasons, the rainy season (November to April) corresponding to summer, and the dry season (May/June to October/November), corresponding to winter. The dry season is subdivided into the cool dry season (May/June to August), and the hot dry season (September to October/November). The modifying influence of altitude gives the country pleasant subtropical weather rather than tropical conditions during the cool season of May to August.[41] However, average monthly temperatures remain above 20 °C (68 °F) over most of the country for eight or more months of the year.

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Zambia
has approximately 12,505 identified species—63% animal species, 33% plant species and 4% bacterial and microorganism species . There are an estimated 3,543 species of wild flowering plants, consisting of sedges, herbaceous plants and woody plants . The Northern and North-Western parts of the country especially have the highest diversity of flowering plants. Approximately 53% of flowering plants are rate[clarification needed] and occur throughout the country. A total of 242 mammalian species exist, with most endemic ones occupying the woodland and grassland ecosystems. The Rhodesian giraffe and Kafue
Kafue
Lechwe are some of the well-known subspecies that are endemic to Zambia. An estimated 757 bird species are known to exist, of which 600 are either resident or afrotropic migrants; 470 breed in the country; and 100 are non-breding migrants. The Zambian barbet is a well-known species endemic to Zambia. Roughly 490 known fish species, belonging to 24 fish families have been reported in Zambia, with Lake Tanganyika
Lake Tanganyika
having the highest diverse and endemic species.

Demographics[edit] Historical populationYearPop.±%1911 821,536—    1921 983,835+19.8%1931 1,344,447+36.7%1946 1,683,828+25.2%1951 1,930,842+14.7%1956 2,172,304+12.5%1963 3,490,540+60.7%YearPop.±%1969 4,056,995+16.2%1980 5,661,801+39.6%1990 7,383,097+30.4%2000 9,885,591+33.9%2010 13,092,666+32.4%2015 (est.) 16,212,000+23.8%Note: During the occupation by the British, the Black African population was estimated rather than counted.Source: Central Statistical Office, Zambia Main article: Demographics of Zambia As per 2010 Zambian census, Zambia's population was 13,092,666. Zambia is significantly ethnically diverse, with a total of 73 ethnic tribes. During the country's occupation by the British, between 1911 and 1963, the country attracted immigrants from Europe and the Indian subcontinent, the latter of whom came specifically as labourers. While most Europeans left after the collapse of white minority rule, a fair number of Asians still remain.

Chief Mwata Kazembe
Mwata Kazembe
opens the Mutomboko ceremony In the first recorded census—conducted on 7 May 1911—there were a total of 1,497 Europeans; 39 Asiatics and estimated 820,000 Africans. Black Africans were not counted in all six census exercises—conducted in 1911, 1921, 1931, 1946, 1951, and 1956—prior to independence. By 1956, when the last census prior to independence was conducted, there were 65,277 Europeans; 5,450 Asiatics; 5,450 Coloureds
Coloureds
and an estimated 2,100,000 Africans. In the 2010 population census, 98.2% were Black Africans and the remaining 1.8% consisting of other major racial groups.

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Zambia
is one of the most highly urbanised countries in sub-Saharan Africa
Africa
with 44% of the population concentrated in a few urban areas along the major transport corridors, while rural areas are sparsely populated. The fertility rate was 6.2 as of 2007[update] (6.1 in 1996, 5.9 in 2001–02).[42]

Largest towns[edit] Further information: List of cities and towns in ZambiaThe onset of industrial copper mining on the Copperbelt in the late 1920s triggered rapid and concentrated urbanisation. Although levels of urbanisation were overestimated during the colonial period, it was nevertheless substantial.[43] Mining townships on the Copperbelt soon dwarfed existing centres of population and continued to grow rapidly following Zambian independence. Economic decline on the Copperbelt from the 1970s to the 1990s has altered patterns of urban development but the country's population remains concentrated around the railway and roads running south from the Copperbelt through Kapiri Mposhi, Lusaka, Choma and Livingstone.

 vte Largest cities or towns in ZambiaAccording to the 2010 Census[44]

Rank

Name

Province

Pop.

Rank

Name

Province

Pop.

LusakaKitwe

1 Lusaka Lusaka 1,747,152 11 Solwezi North-Western 90,856

Ndola

2 Kitwe Copperbelt 501,360 12 Mansa Luapula 78,153

3 Ndola Copperbelt 451,246 13 Chililabombwe Copperbelt 77,818

4 Kabwe Central 202,360 14 Mazabuka Southern 71,700

5 Chingola Copperbelt 185,246 15 Kafue Lusaka 71,573

6 Mufulira Copperbelt 151,309 16 Kalulushi Copperbelt 51,863

7 Livingstone Southern 134,349 17 Choma Southern 51,842

8 Luanshya Copperbelt 130,076 18 Mongu Western 49,818

9 Chipata Eastern 116,627 19 Kapiri Mposhi Central 44,783

10 Kasama Northern 101,845 20 Nakonde Muchinga 41,836

Ethnic groups[edit] The population comprises approximately 73 ethnic groups, most of which are Bantu-speaking. Almost 90% of Zambians belong to the nine main ethnolinguistic groups: the Nyanja-Chewa, Bemba, Tonga, Tumbuka, Lunda, Luvale, Kaonde, Nkoya and Lozi. In the rural areas, each ethnic group is concentrated in a particular geographic region of the country and many groups are very small and not as well known. However, all the ethnic groups can be found in significant numbers in Lusaka
Lusaka
and the Copperbelt. In addition to the linguistic dimension, tribal identities are relevant in Zambia.[45] These tribal identities are often linked to family allegiance or to traditional authorities. The tribal identities are nested within the main language groups.[46]

A tribal and linguistic map of Zambia. Immigrants, mostly British or South African, as well as some white Zambian citizens of British descent, live mainly in Lusaka
Lusaka
and in the Copperbelt in northern Zambia, where they are either employed in mines, financial and related activities or retired. There were 70,000 Europeans in Zambia
Zambia
in 1964, but many have since left the country.[28] Zambia
Zambia
has a small but economically important Asian population, most of whom are Indians and Chinese. There are 13,000 Indians in Zambia. This minority group has a massive impact on the economy controlling the manufacturing sector. An estimated 80,000 Chinese are resident in Zambia.[47] In recent years, several hundred dispossessed white farmers have left Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe
at the invitation of the Zambian government, to take up farming in the Southern province.[48][49] Zambia
Zambia
also has a small minority of coloureds who hail from a mixed race African and British background. There is also a small minority of Indian coloureds resulting from relationships between mainly Indian fathers and black Zambian mothers. During colonialism, segregation separated coloureds, blacks and whites in public places including in schools, hospitals and in housing. Although majority of coloureds in Zambia
Zambia
are the product of British men and Zambian women who then continued to marry into other coloured families, there has been an increase of interracial relationships today due to Zambia's growing economy bringing in other races such as Chinese and other European countries, producing a new first generation of coloured children. Coloureds
Coloureds
are not currently recorded on the census but are considered a minority in Zambia. According to the World Refugee
Refugee
Survey 2009 published by the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, Zambia
Zambia
had a population of refugees and asylum seekers numbering approximately 88,900. The majority of refugees in the country came from the Democratic Republic of Congo (47,300 refugees from the DRC living in Zambia
Zambia
in 2007), Angola
Angola
(27,100; see Angolans in Zambia), Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe
(5,400) and Rwanda (4,900).[50] Beginning in May 2008, the number of Zimbabweans in Zambia also began to increase significantly; the influx consisted largely of Zimbabweans formerly living in South Africa
Africa
who were fleeing xenophobic violence there.[51] Nearly 60,000 refugees live in camps in Zambia, while 50,000 are mixed in with the local populations. Refugees who wish to work in Zambia
Zambia
must apply for official permits which can cost up to $500 per year.[50]

Religion[edit] Further information: Religion in Zambia

Religious affiliation in Zambia[52]

Religion

Percent

Protestant   75.3%

Roman Catholic   20.2%

Animist   2.5%

Atheist   1.8%

Muslim   0.5%

Distribution of population by religious affiliation

Zambia
Zambia
is officially a Christian nation according to the 1996 constitution,[53] but a wide variety of religious traditions exist. Traditional religious thoughts blend easily with Christian beliefs in many of the country's syncretic churches. About three-fourths of the population is Protestant
Protestant
while about 20% follow Roman Catholicism. Christian denominations include Catholicism, Anglicanism, Pentecostalism, New Apostolic Church, Lutheranism, Jehovah's Witnesses, the Seventh-day Adventist Church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Branhamites, and a variety of Evangelical denominations. These grew, adjusted and prospered from the original missionary settlements (Portuguese and Catholicism in the east from Mozambique) and Anglicanism
Anglicanism
(British influences) from the south. Except for some technical positions (e.g. physicians), Western missionary roles have been assumed by native believers. After Frederick Chiluba (a Pentecostal Christian) became president in 1991, Pentecostal congregations expanded considerably around the country.[54] Zambia
Zambia
has one of the largest percentage of Seventh-day Adventist per capita in the world, accounting for about 1 in 18 Zambians.[55] The Lutheran Church of Central Africa
Central Africa
has over 11,000 members in the country.[56] Counting only active preachers, Jehovah's Witnesses
Jehovah's Witnesses
in Zambia
Zambia
have over 204,000 adherents[57] with over 930,000 attending their annual observance of Christ's death in 2018. These have been preaching there since 1911 [58] One in 11 Zambians is member of the New Apostolic Church.[citation needed] With membership above 1,200,000 the Zambia
Zambia
district of the church is the third largest after Congo East and East Africa (Nairobi).[citation needed] The Baha'i population of Zambia
Zambia
is over 160,000,[59] or 1.5% of the population. The William Mmutle Masetlha Foundation run by the Baha'i community is particularly active in areas such as literacy and primary health care. Approximately 1% of the population are Muslims, most of whom live in urban areas and play a large economic role in the country.[60] There are about 500 people who belong to the Ahmadiyya
Ahmadiyya
sect.[61] There is also a small Jewish community, composed mostly of Ashkenazis.

Languages[edit] Main article: Languages of Zambia

             

Widely spoken languages[62]

  Bemba - 33.5 %   Nyanja - 14.8 %   Tonga
Tonga
- 11.4 %  Lozi - 5.5 %  Chewa - 4.5 %  other - 30.3 %

The official language of Zambia
Zambia
is English, which is used to conduct official business and is the medium of instruction in schools. The main local language, especially in Lusaka, is Nyanja (Chewa), followed by Bemba. In the Copperbelt Bemba is the main language and Nyanja second. Bemba and Nyanja are spoken in the urban areas in addition to other indigenous languages which are commonly spoken in Zambia. These include Lozi, Kaonde, Tonga, Lunda and Luvale, which feature on the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC)'s local languages section. The total number of languages spoken in Zambia
Zambia
is 73.

Density map of dominant regional languages[63]   Bemba   Chewa   Lozi   Lunda    Nyanja    Tonga
Tonga
The process of urbanisation has had a dramatic effect on some of the indigenous languages, including the assimilation of words from other indigenous languages and English. Urban dwellers sometimes differentiate between urban and rural dialects of the same language by prefixing the rural languages with 'deep'. Most will thus speak Bemba and Nyanja in the Copperbelt; Nyanja is dominantly spoken in Lusaka
Lusaka
and Eastern Zambia. English is used in official communications and is the language of choice at home among – now common – intertribal families. This continuous evolution of languages has led to Zambian slang which can be heard in daily life throughout Lusaka
Lusaka
and other major cities. Portuguese has been introduced into the school curriculum due to the presence of a large Portuguese-speaking Angolan community.[64] French is commonly studied in private schools, while some secondary schools have it as an optional subject. A German course has been introduced at the University of Zambia
University of Zambia
(UNZA).

Education[edit] Main article: Education in Zambia Pupils at the St Monicas Girls Secondary School in Chipata, Eastern Province The right to equal and adequate education for all is enshrined within the Zambian constitution.[65] The Education Act of 2011 regulates the provision of equal and quality education.[66] The Ministry of Education effectively oversees the provision of quality education through policy and regulation of the education curriculum.

Education expenditure[67]

Year

Percent

2013   17.5%

2014   20.2%

2015   20.2%

2016   17.2%

2017   16.5%

Annual education expenditure

Fundamentally, the aim of education in Zambia
Zambia
is to promote full and well-rounded development of the physical, intellectual, social, affective, moral and spiritual qualities of all learners. The education system is broadly composed of three core structures: Early childhood education and Primary education
Primary education
(Grades 1 – 7), Secondary education
Secondary education
(Grades 8 – 12) and Tertiary education. Additionally, Adult Literacy programmes are available for semi-literate and illiterate individuals. Government's annual expenditure on education has increased over the years, increasing from 16.1% in 2006 to 20.2% in 2015.

Health[edit] Main articles: Health in Zambia
Health in Zambia
and Healthcare in Zambia Zambia
Zambia
is experiencing a generalized HIV/AIDS
HIV/AIDS
epidemic, with a national HIV prevalence rate of 12.40% among adults.[68] The maternal mortality ratio was 398 per 100,000 live births in 2014, compared to 591 per 100,000 live births in 2007. Over the same period, the under-5 mortality rate dropped to 75 from 119 per 1,000 live births. The prevalence rate of HIV/AIDS
HIV/AIDS
for adults aged 15-49 decreased to 13 per cent in 2013/14, from 16 per cent in 2001/02.

Economy[edit] Further information: Economy of Zambia Presently, Zambia
Zambia
averages between $7.5 billion and $8 billion of exports annually.[69] About 60.5% of Zambians live below the recognised national poverty line,[70] with rural poverty rates standing at about 77.9%[71] and urban rates at about 27.5%.[72] Unemployment and underemployment in urban areas are serious problems. Most rural Zambians are subsistence farmers.

Budget expenditure in 2017[73]

Sector

Percent

General Public Services   27.9%

Defence   5.0%

Public Order and Safety   3.6%

Economic Affairs   31.1%

Environmental Protection   1.0%

Housing and Community Amenities   1.3%

Health   8.9%

Recreation, Culture and Religion   0.5%

Education   16.5%

Social Protection   4.2%

2017 annual budget expenditure

Zambia
Zambia
ranked 117th out of 128 countries on the 2007 Global Competitiveness Index, which looks at factors that affect economic growth.[74] Social indicators continue to decline, particularly in measurements of life expectancy at birth (about 40.9 years) and maternal mortality (830 per 100,000 pregnancies).[75] The country's rate of economic growth cannot support rapid population growth or the strain which HIV/AIDS-related issues place on the economy. Zambia
Zambia
fell into poverty after international copper prices declined in the 1970s. The socialist regime made up for falling revenue with several abortive attempts at International Monetary Fund
International Monetary Fund
structural adjustment programmes (SAPs). The policy of not trading through the main supply route and line of rail to the sea – the territory known as Rhodesia
Rhodesia
(from 1965 to 1979), and now known as Zimbabwe – cost the economy greatly. After the Kaunda regime, (from 1991) successive governments began limited reforms. The economy stagnated until the late 1990s. In 2007 Zambia
Zambia
recorded its ninth consecutive year of economic growth. Inflation was 8.9%, down from 30% in 2000.[76]

Zambia
Zambia
Export Treemap (2014) Zambia
Zambia
is still dealing with economic reform issues such as the size of the public sector, and improving Zambia's social sector delivery systems.[76] Economic regulations and red tape are extensive, and corruption is widespread. The bureaucratic procedures surrounding the process of obtaining licences encourages the widespread use of facilitation payments.[77] Zambia's total foreign debt exceeded $6 billion when the country qualified for Highly Indebted Poor Country Initiative (HIPC) debt relief in 2000, contingent upon meeting certain performance criteria. Initially, Zambia
Zambia
hoped to reach the HIPC completion point, and benefit from substantial debt forgiveness, in late 2003.

GDP per capita (current), compared to neighbouring countries (world average = 100) In January 2003, the Zambian government informed the International Monetary Fund and World Bank
World Bank
that it wished to renegotiate some of the agreed performance criteria calling for privatisation of the Zambia National Commercial Bank and the national telephone and electricity utilities. Although agreements were reached on these issues, subsequent overspending on civil service wages delayed Zambia's final HIPC debt forgiveness from late 2003 to early 2005, at the earliest. In an effort to reach HIPC completion in 2004, the government drafted an austerity budget for 2004, freezing civil service salaries and increasing a number of taxes. The tax hike and public sector wage freeze prohibited salary increases and new hires. This sparked a nationwide strike in February 2004.[78] The Zambian government is pursuing an economic diversification program to reduce the economy's reliance on the copper industry. This initiative seeks to exploit other components of Zambia's rich resource base by promoting agriculture, tourism, gemstone mining, and hydro-power. In July 2018, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Zambia's President Edgar Lungu
Edgar Lungu
signed 12 agreements in capital Lusaka on areas ranging from trade and investment to tourism and diplomacy.[79][80]

Mining[edit] The Zambian economy has historically been based on the copper mining industry. Output of copper had fallen to a low of 228,000 metric tons in 1998 after a 30-year decline in output due to lack of investment, low copper prices, and uncertainty over privatisation. In 2002, following privatisation of the industry, copper production rebounded to 337,000 metric tons. Improvements in the world copper market have magnified the effect of this volume increase on revenues and foreign exchange earnings.

The major Nkana open copper mine, Kitwe. In 2003, exports of nonmetals increased by 25% and accounted for 38% of all export earnings, previously 35%. The Zambian government has recently been granting licenses to international resource companies to prospect for minerals such as nickel, tin, copper and uranium.[81] It is hoped that nickel will take over from copper as the country's top metallic export. In 2009, Zambia
Zambia
has been badly hit by the world economic crisis.[82]

Agriculture[edit] Agriculture plays a very important part in Zambia's economy providing many more jobs than the mining industry. A small number of white Zimbabwean farmers were welcomed into Zambia after their expulsion by Robert Mugabe, whose numbers had reached roughly 150 to 300 people as of 2004[update].[83][84] They farm a variety of crops including tobacco, wheat, and chili peppers on an estimated 150 farms. The skills they brought, combined with general economic liberalisation under the late Zambian president Levy Mwanawasa, has been credited with stimulating an agricultural boom in Zambia. In 2004, for the first time in 26 years, Zambia
Zambia
exported more corn than it imported.[49]

Tourism[edit] Further information: Tourism in Zambia Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls
(Mosi-oa-Tunya Falls) a UNESCO
UNESCO
World Heritage Site The Kuomboka
Kuomboka
ceremony of the Lozi people Zambia
Zambia
has some of nature's best wildlife and game reserves affording the country with abundant tourism potential. The North Luangwa, South Luangwa and Kafue
Kafue
National Parks have one of the most prolific animal populations in Africa. The Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls
in the Southern part of the country is a major tourist attraction. With 73 ethnic groups, there are also a myriad of traditional ceremonies that take place every year.

Energy[edit] See also: List of power stations in Zambia In 2009, Zambia
Zambia
generated 10.3 TWh and has been rated high in use of both Solar power and Hydroelectricity.[85] However, as of early 2015 Zambia
Zambia
began experiencing a serious energy shortage due to the poor 2014/2015 rain season which resulted in low water levels at the Kariba dam and other major dams.[86]

Manufacturing[edit] This section is empty. You can help by adding to it. (January 2017) Culture[edit] See also: African art § Zambia Nshima
Nshima
(top right corner) with three types of relish. Prior to the establishment of modern Zambia, the natives lived in independent tribes, each with its own way of life. One of the results of the colonial era was the growth of urbanisation. Different ethnic groups started living together in towns and cities, influencing each other as well as adopting a lot of the European culture. The original cultures have largely survived in the rural areas. In the urban setting there is a continuous integration and evolution of these cultures to produce what is now called "Zambian culture".

A Yombe sculpture, 19th century. Traditional culture is very visible through colourful annual Zambian traditional ceremonies. Some of the more prominent are: Kuomboka
Kuomboka
and Kathanga (Western Province), Mutomboko (Luapula Province), Kulamba and Ncwala
Ncwala
(Eastern Province), Lwiindi and Shimunenga (Southern Province), Lunda Lubanza (North Western), Likumbi Lyamize (North Western), Mbunda Lukwakwa (North Western Province), Chibwela Kumushi (Central Province), Vinkhakanimba (Muchinga Province), Ukusefya Pa Ng'wena (Northern Province). Popular traditional arts are mainly in pottery, basketry (such as Tonga
Tonga
baskets), stools, fabrics, mats, wooden carvings, ivory carvings, wire craft and copper crafts. Most Zambian traditional music is based on drums (and other percussion instruments) with a lot of singing and dancing. In the urban areas foreign genres of music are popular, in particular Congolese rumba, African-American music and Jamaican reggae. Several psychedelic rock artists emerged in the 1970s to create a genre known as Zam-rock, including WITCH, Musi-O-Tunya, Rikki Ililonga, Amanaz, the Peace, Chrissy Zebby Tembo, Blackfoot, and the Ngozi Family.

Media[edit] Main articles: Media in Zambia
Media in Zambia
and Telecommunications in Zambia The Ministry of Information, Broadcasting Services and Tourism In Zambia
Zambia
is responsible for the Zambian News Agency, while there are also numerous media outlets throughout the country which include; television stations, newspapers, FM radio stations, and Internet news websites.

Sports[edit] See also: Rugby union in Zambia and Zambia
Zambia
Cricket
Cricket
Union Zambia
Zambia
declared its independence on the day of the closing ceremony of the 1964 Summer Olympics, thereby becoming the first country ever to have entered an Olympic games as one country, and left it as another. In 2016, Zambia
Zambia
participated for the thirteenth time in the Olympic games. Two medals were won. The medals were won successively in boxing and in athletics. In 1984 Keith Mwila won the bronze medal in the light flyweights. In 1996 Samuel Matete won the silver medal in the 400 meter hurdles. Zambia
Zambia
has never participated in the Winter olympics. Football is the most popular sport in Zambia, and the Zambia
Zambia
national football team has had its triumphant moments in football history. At the Seoul Olympics
Seoul Olympics
of 1988, the national team defeated the Italian national team by a score of 4–0. Kalusha Bwalya, Zambia's most celebrated football player and one of Africa's greatest football players in history had a hat trick in that match. However, to this day, many pundits say the greatest team Zambia
Zambia
has ever assembled was the one that perished on 28 April 1993 in a plane crash at Libreville, Gabon. Despite this, in 1996, Zambia
Zambia
was ranked 15th on the official FIFA World Football Team rankings, the highest attained by any southern African team. In 2012, Zambia
Zambia
won the African Cup of Nations for the first time after losing in the final twice. They beat Côte d'Ivoire 8–7 in a penalty shoot-out in the final, which was played in Libreville, just a few kilometres away from the plane crash 19 years previously.[87] Rugby Union, boxing and cricket are also popular sports in Zambia. Notably, at one point in the early 2000s, the Australia
Australia
and South Africa
Africa
national rugby teams were captained by players born in the same Lusaka
Lusaka
hospital, George Gregan
George Gregan
and Corné Krige. Zambia
Zambia
boasts having the highest rugby poles in the world, located at Luanshya
Luanshya
Sports Complex in Luanshya.[citation needed] Rugby union in Zambia is a minor but growing sport. They are currently ranked 73rd by the IRB and have 3,650 registered players and three formally organised clubs.[88] Zambia
Zambia
used to play cricket as part of Rhodesia. Zambia
Zambia
has also strangely provided a shinty international, Zambian-born Eddie Tembo representing Scotland
Scotland
in the compromise rules Shinty/Hurling game against Ireland in 2008.[89] In 2011, Zambia
Zambia
was due to host the tenth All- Africa
Africa
Games, for which three stadiums were to be built in Lusaka, Ndola, and Livingstone.[90] The Lusaka
Lusaka
stadium would have a capacity of 70,000 spectators while the other two stadiums would hold 50,000 people each. The government was encouraging the private sector to get involved in the construction of the sports facilities because of a shortage of public funds for the project. Zambia
Zambia
has since revoked its bid to host the 2011 All- Africa
Africa
Games, citing a lack of funds. Hence, Mozambique
Mozambique
took Zambia's place as host. Zambia
Zambia
also produced the first black African (Madalitso Muthiya) to play in the United States Golf Open,[91] one of the four major golf tournaments. In 1989, the country's basketball team had its best performance when it qualified for the FIBA Africa
Africa
Championship and thus finished as one of Africa's top ten teams.[92] In 2017, Zambia
Zambia
hosted and won the Pan-African football tournament U-20 African Cup of Nation for players age 20 and under.[93]

Music and dance[edit] Zambia's culture has been an integral part of their development post independence such as the uprising of cultural villages and private museums. The music which introduced dance is part of their cultural expression and it embodies the beauty and spectacle of life in Zambia, from the intricacies of the talking drums to the Kamangu drum used to announce the beginning of Malaila traditional ceremony. Dance as a practice serves as a unifying factor bringing the people together as one.[94] Zamrock is a musical genre that emerged in the 1970s, and has developed a cult following in the West. Zamrock has been described as mixing traditional Zambian music with heavy repetitive riffs similar to groups such as Jimi Hendrix, James Brown, Black Sabbath, Rolling Stones, Deep Purple, and Cream.[95][96] Notable groups in the genre include Rikki Ililonga and his band Musi-O-Tunya, WITCH, Chrissy "Zebby" Tembo, and Paul Ngozi and his Ngozi Family.[97][98]

See also[edit]

Zambia
Zambia
portal

Book: Zambia

Index of Zambia-related articles Outline of Zambia

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Further reading[edit] .mw-parser-output .refbegin font-size:90%;margin-bottom:0.5em .mw-parser-output .refbegin-hanging-indents>ul list-style-type:none;margin-left:0 .mw-parser-output .refbegin-hanging-indents>ul>li,.mw-parser-output .refbegin-hanging-indents>dl>dd margin-left:0;padding-left:3.2em;text-indent:-3.2em;list-style:none .mw-parser-output .refbegin-100 font-size:100% Ferguson, James (1999). Expectations of Modernity: Myths and Meanings of Urban Life in the Zambian Copperbelt. Berkeley: University of California Press. ISBN 978-0-520-21701-0. Ihonvbere, Julius, Economic Crisis, Civil Society and Democratisation: The Case of Zambia, ( Africa
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Research & Publications, 1996) LaMonica, Christopher, Local Government Matters: The Case of Zambia
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, (Lambert Academic Publishing, 2010) Mcintyre, Charles, Zambia
Zambia
(Bradt Travel Guides), (Bradt Travel Guides, 2008) Murphy, Alan and Luckham, Nana, Zambia
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(Lonely Planet Multi Country Guide), (Lonely Planet Publications, 2010) Phiri, Bizeck Jube, A Political History of Zambia: From the Colonial Period to the 3rd Republic, ( Africa
Africa
Research & Publications, 2005) Roberts, Andrew, A History of Zambia, (Heinemann, 1976) Sardanis, Andrew, Africa: Another Side of the Coin: Northern Rhodesia's Final Years and Zambia's Nationhood, (I.B.Tauris, 2003) Various, One Zambia, Many Histories: Towards a History of Post-colonial Zambia, (Brill, 2008) First early human fossil found in Africa
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