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Zambia is pronounced zam·bee·uh” and is one of the 9 countries located in Southern Africa. The name Zambia derived from the Zambezi river which means “River of God.” This country gained its independence on October 24, 1964 from Britain. Continue reading below to learn more about the beautiful African country, Zambia.

Zambia flag simple illustration for independence day or election

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What Does The Zambia Flag Mean?

  • RED: represents the struggle for freedom
  • BLACK: represents the people of Zambia
  • ORANGE: represents the country’s mineral wealth
  • GREEN: represents the natural resources
  • THE EAGLE: symbolizes the freedom in Zambia and the ability to rise above the country’s problems

Where is Zambia located?

Zambia is located in Southern Africa bordered by DR Congo, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and Angola.

World Data Locator Map, Zambia

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What Timezone is Zambia in?

Zambia is in the Central Africa Time Zone. The capital of Zambia, Lusaka is 6 hours ahead of the east coast, 5 hours ahead of central standard time and 3 hours ahead of the west coast.


Facts About Zambia:

Facts: (capital, population, tribes, common jobs)

  1. Capital: Lusaka
  2. Population: 19.47 million
  3. Nationality: Zambian
  4. Zambia is made up of 10 provinces
  5. Political system: Democratic Republic
  6. National symbol: The African Fish Eagle aka the Eagle of Liberty which represents the ability of the people to rise above every problem that is faced by the nation.
  7. Drinking age: 18
  8. Side of road to drive on: Left (opposite of the USA)

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What Are The Official Languages of Zambia?

English is the official language of Zambia but is more commonly used as a second language. Only 2% of the population speaks English as a first language. The more widely languages spoken in this country include; Bemba, Konde, Nyanja/Chewa, Luna, Luvale, Tonga and Lozi.

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What is the Currency in Zambia?

Zambian kwacha is the currency used in Zambia.

$1 = K16.20

$20 = K323.91

$60 = K971.74

20 kwacha banknote...

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What Are The Religions of  Zambia?

Zambia is a Christian nation.


What Are The Traditional Foods of Zambia?

Some of the dishes you must try from Zambia are; nshima, ifinkubala (caterpillars), chikanda (polony), ifishashi (peanuts and rapeseed) and fish. Maize (corn) is a staple in Zambian food and is prepared many different ways the country’s cuisine.


What the Holidays Celebrated in Zambia?

Independence Day: October 24, 1964

Tourist Attractions

Places to visit in Zambia:

  • Lower Zambezi National Park
  • Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park
  • Kasanka National Park

Is Zambia Safe?

When traveling anywhere especially for the first time, you should be vigilant and take all possible precaution measures in order to minimize the risk of getting stolen from, hurt or put in danger.

The Top 3 Places To Live In Zambia:

  1. Lusaka

  2. Kitwe

  3. Ndola

I hope this information has given you more insight into Zambia but there is so much more to learn! Visit their tourism website here to see more.

Also be sure to checkout articles on each of the 54 countries in Africa by clicking here: Countries of Africa