Quick Facts

  • Officially known as the Republic of Zambia
  • Independence: 1964 (from Britain)
  • Location: Southern Africa, east of Angola, south of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Population: 15,066,266
  • Capital: Lusaka (pop. 2.179 million)
  • Official language: English
  • Divided into nine provinces, each administered by a deputy minister
  • Climate: tropical
  • Religion: primarily Christianity
  • Economy: agriculture and mining based
  • Literacy rate: 63.4%
  • Current weather conditions: www.weather.com
  • Tips for travel in country: www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates: www.xe.com

Government in Power

  • A republic
  • President and head of government: President Edgar Lungu (since 2015)


Healthcare Statistics

  • Infant mortality rate: 64.72/1,000
  • Maternal mortality rate: 224/100,000
  • Health expenditures: 5% GDP
  • Physicians density: 0.17/1,000
  • Hospital bed density: 2/1,000
  • Life expectancy: 52.15 years
  • HIV/AIDS adult prevalence rate: 12.37%
  • Infectious disease risk: very high
  • Infectious diseases: bacterial and protozoal diarrhea, hepatitis A, typhoid fever, malaria, dengue fever, schistosomiasis, rabies
  • Infectious disease updates: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm

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