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Zambia - Introduction

Introduction to Zambia

Two black lechwe <i>(Kobus leche)</i> stags sparring, Bangweulul Plains

Zambia has excellent national parks teeming with birds and animals, as well as the spectacular Victoria Falls and Zambezi River. Apart from sightseeing, these places are also centres for a range of activities ranging from canoeing to white-water rafting and bungee jumping.

Full country name: Republic of Zambia
Area: 752,600 sq km
Population: 10.4 million
People: African (98%): main ethnic groups are Bemba, Nyanja, Lozi and Tonga. Smaller groups include Ngoni, Lunda, Kaonde, Luvale and Asian (1%); European (1%)
Language: English, Bemba,
Religion: Christian (50-75%), indigenous beliefs (50 - 75%); many people follow both
Government: republic
Head of State: President Levy Mwanawasa
GDP: US$8.9 billion
GDP per capita: US$890
Annual Growth: 0.5%
Major Industries: Copper mining and processing, construction, foodstuffs, beverages, chemicals, textiles, fertilizer
Major Trading Partners: Japan, South Africa, USA, Saudi Arabia, India, Thailand, Malaysia, UK, Zimbabwe

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