Zambia, in the heartland of southern Africa, is one of the most stable countries on the continent. The people are outgoing and peaceable, with people from different tribal backgrounds living together more or less in harmony. Heavily dependent on mining copper, when the price of copper fell in the 70's the country went into a tail spin. However, over recent years it has forged ahead strongly, partly due to the resurgent price of copper but also to the inspired leadership of the president Dr Mwanawasa (recently deceased).
Over recent years the currency has strengthened against the pound, unlike that of its neighbour Zimbabwe which has become an economic basket case. It is also home to the amazing Victoria Falls – whose African name Musi-o-Tunya means ‘The Smoke That Thunders’, and it has a fledgling tourist industry building around this: one of the seven natural wonders of the world.
Zambia has a high level of AIDS and a great deal of poverty but it is a country developing fast and with good reason for its huge optimism and hope for the future.
Population 11.5 million (2007 estimate)
Official language: English
There are over 70 local languages spoken in Zambia.
Bemba is spoken in the Copperbelt region.
• Christian 85.04%
• Traditional ethnic 12.62%
• Muslim 1.40%
Zambia is the only country in the world that is officially "Christian"