Essential Info for Zambia

Population: Almost 16 million

Capital city: Lusaka (also largest city)

Other major cities: Ndola, Kitwe, Kabwe, Livingstone

Neighbouring countries: Zambia is a landlocked country bordered by Zimbabwe, Democratic Republic of Congo, Botswana, Angola, Mozambique, Malawi, Tanzania and Namibia.

Geography: Zambia is a landlocked country in southern Africa, consisting mostly of high plateaus with some hills and mountains, dissected by river valleys. 

Political system: Presidential republic. Zambia is a politically stable multi-party democracy.

Major religions: Christianity is the official religion, although other religions are tolerated.

Main languages: English (official), 73 regional languages.

Money: The Zambian currency is the Zambian Kwacha (ZMK), which is divided into 100 ngwee. Although expats are able to open a bank account in Zambia, many opt to maintain an account with their international bank. While there are plenty of ATMs in Lusaka, expats may struggle to find an ATM in more rural areas.

Time: GMT +2

Electricity: 220 volts, 50Hz. Typically, square three-pin plugs and two-and three pin round plugs are in use.

Internet domain: .zm

International dialling code: +260. City/area codes are in use, e.g. 1 for Lusaka.

Emergency contacts: In case of emergency dial 999 (police), 991 (ambulance) or 993 (fire). Although emergency services are available in Lusaka, emergency assistance outside the city is inadequate. Serious medical emergencies may require medical evacuation abroad or to South Africa. It's essential that expats have comprehensive medical insurance.

Transport and driving: Drive on the left-hand side. Public transport is not comprehensive and expats will likely need their own vehicle. A 4x4 vehicle may be needed for driving on rural roads due to the poor conditions, especially during the rainy season from October to March.

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