WHY PARTNER WITH A ZAMBIAN PASTOR?
The Republic of Zambia is a landlocked country in Southern Africa. The population is concentrated mainly around the capital and the Copperbelt to the northwest.
Zambia’s economy has been traditionally dominated by the copper mining industry; however the government has recently been pursuing an economic diversification programme. During the 1970s, the country began sliding into poverty from which it has not recovered. Zambia’s total foreign debt exceeded $6 billion in 2000; the growing population strains the economic growth and HIV/AIDS is widespread. The average per capita income is $395, placing Zambia as one of the world’s poorest countries. However, many of the displaced Zimbabwean farmers have re-located to Zambia and their input has had a significant impact on the Zambian economy.
INTERESTING COUNTRY FACTS
There are over 70 languages spoken in Zambia. Seven of these languages are officially recognized as regional languages: Bemba, Nyanja, Lozi, Tonga, Kaonde, Luvale, and Lunda. English is also used widely, but mostly amongst people with high education levels.
Zambia’s population comprises more than 70 Bantu-speaking ethnic groups. Some ethnic groups are small, and only two have enough people to constitute at least 10% of the population.
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