Zambia

The landlocked country of Zambia is located in the heart of southern Africa. It is neighbored by Angola, Congo, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Namibia. Some quick facts include:

  • Until 1964, Zambia was under British rule and was known as Northern Rhodesia. The current name ‘Zambia’ comes from the Zambezi River; it is taken from the local word yambezhi which means heart of all.

  • Though the nearest ocean is 600 miles away, Zambia is one of the most water-rich countries in Africa with 20 major waterfalls including Victoria Falls, which is the world’s largest sheet of falling water.

  • The country is slightly larger than California and Nevada combined.

  • The population of Zambia is around 14 million.

  • There are more than 70 ethnic groups that comprise Zambia’s population. The largest groups are the Ndola and Kitwe, each of which has more than 400,000 people

  • Zambia’s key resource is copper and it is the world’s fifth largest producer of the metal.