Facts about Zambia

 

National Language

English

Time Zone

UTC+2 (CAT)

Dialing Code

+262

Area

752 618 km2

Population

15 510 711

Dominant Religion

Christian

National Bird

The Fish Eagle

National Flower

Bougainvillea Nyctaginaceae

National Game

Football

Motto

One Zambia, One Nation

 

The Flag

The 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.

 

Coat of Arms

The coat of arms of Zambia is composed of an African Fish Eagle (the eagle of liberty) hovering above a pickaxe and hoe (representative of the country’s economic backbone).

Making up the base are a Zambian man and woman supporting a shield depicting the Victoria Falls.

 

National Anthem

Stand and Sing of Zambia, Proud and Free

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.

 

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).

 

Useful Words

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

 

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

 

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