Interesting Zambia Facts

Zambia is a landlocked country located in Eastern Africa where it is bordered by Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. It stretches over 752,612 km2 of land. The approximate population of Zambia is more than 17,094,130.

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Zambia Fact File: Continent: Africa * Country Name(s): Zambia, Republic of Zambia * Location: Eastern Africa * Bordering: Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania and Zimbabwe * Capital City: Lusaka * Size: 752,612 km2 * Estimated Population: over 17,094,130 * Currency: Zambian kwacha (ZMW) * Language(s): English * Country Code: +260

Interesting Zambia Facts for Kids

Interesting Facts for Kids 1: Size & location facts
Zambia belongs to the continent of Africa, where it has a landlocked position and is bordered by Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. There are seven continents in the world: Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Europe, Antarctica, Australia (Oceania). Africa is the world's second largest continent, spanning a total area of 30,370,000 km2. Africa has 54 countries, and forms 20.4% of the world's landmass. Zambia is a landlocked country that stretches over a total area of approximately 752,612 km2. It is the 17th largest country in Africa by area.

Interesting Facts for Kids 2: Population facts
The population of this African country is more than 17,094,130 people. The majority of Zambia's inhabitants reside in Lusaka which is the country's most populous city. Zambia has a fairly high population when compared to most other countries across the world, its overall population density is approximately 17 people per sq km. The estimated population of Africa is approximately 1,186,178,000 inhabitants, making it the continent with the second largest population in the world. The continents in order of population, starting with highest population first, are: Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Europe, Australia (Oceania Region) and Antarctica. The total population of the entire world is in excess of 7.6 billion people.

Interesting Facts for Kids 3: Capital & major cities
The capital of Zambia is Lusaka. The names of other major cities located in this country are Kitwe, Ndola, Kabwe, Chingola and Mufulira.

Interesting Facts for Kids 4: Country borders
The following guideline provides details on the approximate border lengths of Zambia:
Angola 1,065 km, Botswana 0.15 km, Democratic Republic of the Congo 2,332 km, Malawi 847 km, Mozambique 439 km, Namibia 244 km, Tanzania 353 km, Zimbabwe 763 km.

Interesting Facts for Kids 5: Climate and geography facts
Zambia has a tropical climate with a rainy season that occurs from October to April. Areas of elevation generally receive more moderate weather conditions. The geography of Zambia is formed majorly of high areas of elevation and plateau, plus some hilly and mountainous regions. Africa's fourth longest river, the Zambezi River, forms a border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. Another very interesting geographical feature that is also found on the country's border with Zimbabwe is Lake Kariba, the world's largest manmade lake and reservoir by volume. The surface area of Lake Kariba is approximately 5,580 km2. The area is home to many animal and fish species, many of which have been introduced to the Kariba Lake and Zambezi river system by man. The lowest point of Zambia is the Zambezi river at 329m, and the highest point of elevation is unnamed elevation in Mafinga Hills at 2,301m.

Interesting Facts for Kids 6: Natural Resources of Zambia
Natural resources can be defined as materials and substances that occur naturally on Earth. Natural resources are very important across the world, and can be exploited for economic gain. The level of resources that occur naturally in an individual country are influenced by varying factors such as the geography, climate and location of that country. Some countries are very rich in natural resources, where as others have limited to none. Countries that have particularly rich resources include Russia, The United States, Saudi Arabia and Canada. Food, construction and transport are three primary examples of uses of natural resources. The following information provides examples of these uses: fish occurs naturally in streams, rivers, lakes and oceans, and can be caught for food consumption. Wood/timber can be extracted from forests for construction purposes, i.e. to build homes and furniture. Crude oils can be refined into different kinds of fuels in order to power vehicles/cars. The natural resources found in Zambia include copper, cobalt, zinc, lead, coal, emeralds, silver, gold, uranium and hydropower (water power).

Interesting Facts for Kids 7: Language facts
The official language of Zambia is English, which is taught in schools and used majorly in business. Several primary dialects are spoken in Zambia including Bembe, Nyanja, Tonga, Lozi, Kaonde,and Lunda.

Interesting Facts for Kids 8: Religion facts
The primary religion of Zambia is Protestant at approximately 75% of the population. Around 20% are Roman Catholic. The rest of the population either belongs to other religions or no religion at all.

Interesting Facts for Kids 9: Symbols of Zambia
Every country has its own unique culture, history and identity. Flags, symbols, emblems, mottos, songs, anthems and colors are used by countries across the world to represent national pride and identity. These national symbols are created through the unique history of a nation and can portray both hardship and prosperity, embodying freedom, strength and unity. Flags, emblems, colors, songs and mottos reflect the past, present and future aspirations of a country, and create an important image to the rest of the world. National symbols can represent a combination of things that are important to a country such as birds, animals, plants, geographical features, tools of agriculture, crops, and tools of war. The following facts and information provide a guide to some of the most important national symbols, songs and colors of Zambia:

  • National symbol(s): African fish eagle

  • National colors: green, red, black and orange

  • National Anthem/Song: Lumbanyeni Zambia (Translation: Stand and Sing of Zambia, Proud and Free)

  • National Holiday(s): Independence Day, 24 October (1964)

  • National Motto(s): One Zambia, One Nation

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