Facts about Zambia

Zambian National  Flag

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he flag of Zambia was hoisted for the first time at midnight on the 23rd October 1964, symbolising patriotism and the nation’s natural resources. An eagle in flight over three stripes of red black and orange on a green background. Red represents the struggle for freedom, black, the people of Zambia, orange the country’s mineral wealth and green the wildlife and environment. The eagle in flight symbolizes the freedom in Zambia and the ability to rise above national problems.

National Anthem

Stand and sing of Zambia proud and free, Land of works and joy in unity, Victors in the struggle for the right, We have won freedom’s fight, All one, strong and free.

Africa is our own motherland, fashioned with and blessed by God’s good hand, Let us all her people join as one, Brothers under the sun, All one, strong and free.

One land and one nation is our cry, Dignity and peace ‘neath the Zambian sky, Like our noble eagle in its flight, Zambia, praise to thee, All one, strong and free.

Praise to God, Bless our great nation, Free men we stand, Under the flag of our land, Zambia praise to thee, All one strong and free.

Useful Words

EnglishBembaNyanja
HelloShaniBwanji
GoodbyeShalapo PitaniBwino
How are you?Uli Shani?Muli Bwanji?
I am fineNdi BwinoNdili Bwino
Thank youNatotelaDzikomo
very muchsanakwambili

Time

Zambia is two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time, one hour ahead of Central European Time, seven hours ahead of Eastern USA time and ten hours ahead of Western USA time.

Membership

INTERNATIONAL: Commonwealth, GATT, ILO, IMF, NAM, UN, WB, WHO
REGIONAL: African Development Bank, Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA), OAU, Southern African Development Community (SADC).

Religion

There is freedom of worship in Zambia with over 15 different churches. Christianity is followed by over 60% of the population.

National Bird

The Fish Eagle

Public Holidays

1st January – New Year’s Day
12th March – Youth Day
6th April – Good Friday
7th April – Holy Saturday
2nd Monday in April – Easter Monday
1st May – Labour Day
25th May Africa – Freedom Day
1st Monday of July – Hero’s Day
1st Tuesday of July – Unity Day
1st Monday of August – Farmer’s Day
24th October – Independence Day
25th December – Christmas Day