11,862,740 (July 2009 est.)
slightly larger than Texas
Population below the poverty line:
Gross Domestic Product per capita:
$1,500 (2008 est.)
Christian 50%-75%, Muslim and Hindu 24%-49%, indigenous beliefs 1%
English (official), major vernaculars - Bemba, Kaonda, Lozi, Lunda, Luvale, Nyanja, Tonga, and about 70 other indigenous languages
Fun Facts about Zambia
1. Zambia was known as Northern Rhodesia until 1964.
2. The country’s name Zambia was taken from the name of the Zambezi River.
3. Zambia’s Lake Kariba was Africa’s largest man-made lake until Egypt’s Aswan Dam was put up in 1971.
4. Lake Kariba is so huge that in certain parts of it, unknowing visitors think they are looking at the ocean.
5. Because Zambia is landlocked, you need to travel 600 miles before you can see any real ocean.
6. Zambia’s capital, Lusaka, was originally planned to hold a mere 200,000 people.
7. Today, Lusaka has a population of roughly 1.5 million.
8. Despite the above mentioned fact, the entire country’s telephone directory is not even one inch thick.
9. Because of the Victoria Falls’ spray, the forest beside it receives “rain” 24 hours a day, seven days a week!
10. If you look at the Victoria Falls’ mist from the correct angle, you will be able to see a circular rainbow. (Of course, all rainbows are really circular, but it is very seldom that we get to see more than the top half.)