Zambia, in southern Africa, is a landlocked country of rugged terrain and diverse wildlife, with many parks and safari areas.
The country is a bucket list destination for many international travellers, who want to visit for its big 5, national parks and waterfalls.
Zambia gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1964.
Zambia is bordered by seven countries and was a former British colony known as Northern Rhodesia before independence. The longest border is the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The capital of Zambia is Lusaka. The earlier capital was Livingstone.
The local currency is kwacha.
Official language is English but there are several other vernaculars spoken here include Kaonda, Bemba, Lozi, Lunda, Luvale, Nyanja, Tonga and others.
Population of Zambia : 16,954,051 (2017)
It is the 38th largest country in the world in terms of land area with 752,618 square kilometers (290,587 square miles) only slightly smaller than Chile.
The terrain of Zambia is mostly high plateau, with some hills and mountains.
The flag of Zambia was hoisted for the first time at midnight on the 23rd October 1964, symbolising patriotism and the nation’s natural resources. An eagle in flight over three stripes of red black and orange on a green background. Red represents the struggle for freedom, black, the people of Zambia, orange the country’s mineral wealth and green the wildlife and environment. The eagle in flight symbolizes the freedom in Zambia and the ability to rise above national problems.
Time: Zambia is two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time, one hour ahead of Central European Time, seven hours ahead of Eastern USA time and ten hours ahead of Western USA time.
INTERNATIONAL: Commonwealth, GATT, ILO, IMF, NAM, UN, WB, WHO
REGIONAL: African Development Bank, Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA), OAU, Southern African Development Community (SADC).
National Symbol : The Fish Eagle
Public Holidays In Zambia:
1st January – New Year’s Day
12th March – Youth Day
6th April – Good Friday
7th April – Holy Saturday
2nd Monday in April – Easter Monday
1st May – Labour Day
25th May Africa – Freedom Day
1st Monday of July – Hero’s Day
1st Tuesday of July – Unity Day
1st Monday of August – Farmer’s Day
24th October – Independence Day
25th December – Christmas Day
Religion:Zambia is officially a Christian nation according to the 1996 constitution, 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 while about 20% follow Roman Catholicism.
In 2010, the World Bank named Zambia one of the world’s fastest economically reformed countries. The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) is headquartered in Lusaka.
Zambia is known for its copper-mining region that is also named the Copperbelt. Ndola is the capital of the Copperbelt province and is also the commercial capital of the country.
The city has a wide array of three and four-star hotels that offer comfortable accommodations to travelers who are interested in seeing the city.
In Zambia only three cities has an international airport.