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Zambia is a landlocked African country. The Zambezi forms a natural riverine boundary with Zimbabwe; Lake Kariba on the Zambia-Zimbabwe border forms the world's largest reservoir by volume (180 cu km; 43 cu mi)
Zambia history
The territory of Northern Rhodesia was administered by the [British] South Africa Company from 1891 until it was taken over by the UK in 1923. During the 1920s and 1930s, advances in mining spurred development and immigration. The name was changed to Zambia upon independence in 1964. In the 1980s and 1990s, declining copper prices, economic mismanagement and a prolonged drought hurt the economy. Elections in 1991 brought an end to one-party rule, but the subsequent vote in 1996 saw blatant harassment of opposition parties. The election in 2001 was marked by administrative problems with three parties filing a legal petition challenging the election of ruling party candidate Levy MWANAWASA. MWANAWASA was reelected in 2006 in an election that was deemed free and fair. Upon his abrupt death in August 2008, he was succeeded by his Vice President Rupiah BANDA, who subsequently won a special presidential by-election in October 2008. Michael SATA was elected President in September 2011.
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Conventional long form: Republic of Zambia
Conventional short form: Zambia
Formerly known as: Northern Rhodesia
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Zambia's capital city is Lusaka
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Zambia Constitution:

24 August 1991;
amended in 1996 to establish presidential term limits
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Zambia population growth rate: 2.89%
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Zambia highest point: unnamed elevation in Mafinga Hills 2,301 m
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Zambia lowest point: Zambezi river 329 m
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About 7% of Zambia's land is arable.
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Zambezi River is the Longest River in Zambia
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Zambia birth rate is 43 births/1,000 population
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Zambia infant mortality rate is 71 deaths/1,000 live births
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Zambia fertility rate is 5.81 children born/woman
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Zambia climate:

tropical;
modified by altitude;
rainy season (October to April)
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Top 10 cities of Zambia with populations (2012 est.) are:
1. Lusaka: 1,267,440
2. Kitwe: 400,914
3. Ndola: 394,518
4. Kabwe: 188,979
5. Chingola: 148,564
6. Mufulira: 120,500
7. Luanshya: 113,365
8. Livingstone: 109,203
9. Kasama: 91,056
10. Chipata: 85,963
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Zambia ethnic groups:

African - 99.5% (includes Bemba, Tonga, Chewa, Lozi, Nsenga, Tumbuka, Ngoni, Lala, Kaonde, Lunda, and other African groups)
other - 0.5% (includes Europeans, Asians, and Americans)
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Zambia Exports:

copper/cobalt 64%, cobalt, electricity; tobacco, flowers, cotton
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Zambia Imports:

machinery, transportation equipment, petroleum products, electricity, fertilizer, foodstuffs, clothing
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