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Population numbers: 14.54 million
How many square miles: 290,587 square miles
Geography fast facts (uniqueness):
Until 1964, Zambia was known as Northern Rhodesia.
The country’s name Zambia was taken from the name of the Zambezi River.
Zambia’s Lake Kariba was Africa’s largest man-made lake until Egypt’s Aswan Dam was put up in 1971.
Lake Kariba is so huge that in certain parts of it, unknowing visitors think they are looking at the ocean.
Because Zambia is landlocked, you need to travel 600 miles before you can see any real ocean.
Zambia’s capital, Lusaka, was originally planned to hold a mere 200,000 people.
Today, Lusaka has a population of roughly 1.5 million.
Despite the above mentioned fact, the entire country’s telephone directory is not even one inch thick.
Because of the Victoria Falls’ spray, the forest beside it receives “rain” 24 hours a day, seven days a week!
If you look at the Victoria Falls’ mist from the correct angle, you will be able to see a circular rainbow. (Of course, all rainbows are really circular, but it is very seldom that we get to see more than the top half.)
Capital City: Lusaka is the capital and largest city of Zambia. One of the fastest-developing cities in Southern Africa, Lusaka is located in the southern part of the central plateau at an elevation of about 1,279 metres.
Religion: Christianity is the official religion in Zambia according to the 1996 constitution, and the vast majority of Zambians are Christians of various denominations, but many other religious traditions are present. Traditional religious thought blends easily with Christian beliefs in many of the country’s syncretic churches.