10 Interesting Facts About Zambia

Zambia is one of the globe’s highest economically improved countries. Zambia which is officially known as the Republic of Zambia is a blocked-in country in Southern Africa. The populace is intense mostly around Lusaka, the capital city in the South and the Copper belt Province in the northwest. We bring you some very interesting facts about Zambia, here are they:

Interesting Facts About Zambia

#1: What’s in the name!

The territory of Zambia was prior identified as Northern Rhodesia in the earlier 19th century. It was renamed as Zambia on the occasion of its sovereignty, in the year 1964. The original name Zambia was derived from a river. It is named as Zambezi which actually means “God’s river” that flows all the way through the western region of the nation and figures its southern border.

#2: Countries Bordering Zambia

Zambia is surrounded by seven major countries namely Tanzania and The Democratic Republic of the Congo in the north, Namibia & Zimbabwe in the south, Mozambique & Malawi in the west and Angola in the east. The longest border among all others is of The Democratic Republic of the Congo.

#3: Capital City

The capital city of Zambia is Lusaka. Lusaka is the center for both commerce as well as Government in Zambia. It attaches four major highways heading towards North, South, East and West to the nation. The former capital was Livingstone.

#4: Sovereignty

Independence was gained by Zambia from the United Kingdom (UK) in 1964.

#5: Currency

The Zambian Kwacha is the monetary unit or currency of Zambia.

#6: Weather of Zambia

Zambia has three major seasons. It is humid and wet from the month of December to April, chilly and dry from May to August. The normal temperatures in the summers vary from 25⁰C to 35⁰C and in the winters it varies from 6⁰C to 24⁰C.

#7: The Business of Mining

Iron as well as copper has been mined in Zambia for more than 2000 years. The exports comprise of copper, tobacco, flora, cotton. It imports comprise of machinery, electricity, petroleum goods, transportation tools, fertilizer, foodstuffs along with clothing.

#8: Languages of Zambia

The official language spoken in Zambia is English. Other than English, there are quite a few other dialects spoken that comprise Kaonda, Lozi, Nyanja, Lunda, Bemba, Luvale, and many others.

#9: Places of Attraction

Victoria Falls photo

Victoria Falls – Photo by gareth1953 New Profile

Victoria Falls which is positioned on the Zambezi River which is also known as one of the seven natural wonders of the world. It is known as “Musi-o-Tunyi” by the African community which means “The smoke that thunders”.

There are some other places of interest as well. Some of them are Victoria Falls Bridge, Livingstone museum, Lusaka National Museum, Copper belt Museum. Apart from these, there are several national parks, rich rivers and vast lakes which are places to visit in Zambia.

#10: Staple Food:

Nshima photo

Nshima – Photo by Francesco Volpi

“Nshima” is the staple food of Zambia. It is prepared from ground maize as well as water. Fruits are grown in abundant in the western province and northwestern province. ‘Mkushi farming’ grows lots of diverse fruits on a Zambia’s mainly fertile soil like Guava, Pawpaw, Cntaloupe and many more.

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