Zambia - a natural paradise in southern Africa
Zambia is a landlocked country in southern central Africa and is divided into
a southern and a northern part of the country by a headland of the Democratic
Republic of the Congo. The so-called Copperbelt, the copper belt, runs along
this tip, in which about 7% of the earth's copper ore deposits are stored, and
in which the most important industrial cities of Zambia are located. The capital
of Zambia is Lusaka.
In addition to rich mineral resources (in addition to copper, zinc and lead
ores as well as hard coal are mined in the south), Zambia has abundant water
reserves and large areas of agricultural land.
But subsistence farming predominates in the agricultural sector and only 10% of
the arable land is cultivated, and due to its heavy dependence on copper
exports, the country has had a hard time coping with the fall in world market
prices in the 1970s.
Zambia achieved its political independence in 1964 under President Kenneth
Kaunda, who then pursued the policy of African humanism and wanted to bring
together over 70 different peoples and tribes to form a homogeneous nation.
Kaunda worked, building on basic egalitarian and Christian principles, against
discrimination based on differences in race, tribe, language, religion or
gender. From 1968 Kaunda also pursued a socialist policy, the consequences of
which, however, were devastating for the Zambian economy.
After 27 years of sole rule, Kaunda had to surrender power to the trade union
leader Chiluba in 1991, who privatized state-owned companies and wanted to
develop the country into a free market economy, so that the country's problems
could not be mastered. Henning Mankell's novel "The Leopard's Eye" is well worth
reading and is set in Zambia.
|Name of the country
||Republic of Zambia
(formerly Northern Rhodesia)
|Form of government
||southern central Africa
||about 18.3 million (Credit:
||99% black Africans, mostly Bantu
||approx. 90% Christians, but regardless of their religious
affiliation, 25% are followers of natural religions
||English is the official language, as well as around 70 Bantu
||In the Mafinga Mountains with a height of 2,301 m
||Zambezi with a length of 2,736 km
||Lake Tanganijka with an area of 32,893 km²
|International license plate
||1 Kwacha = 100 Ngwee
|Difference to CET
|International phone code
|Mains voltage, frequency
||220/240 volts and 50 hertz
|Internet TLD (Top Level Domain)
The oldest traces of early human settlement in today's Zambia go back over
300,000 years. Around 50,000 BC The Sangon culture developed. At the time, most
of the residents lived in caves. In the late Stone Age, the region was populated
by mainly nomadic groups of the San (hunters and gatherers) and the Khoi (cattle
breeders). The San left their rock carvings across the country.
Around the year 2000 BC The immigration of the ancestors of the Tonga began.
From the 14th to the 19th century
Abbreviationfinder website, up to the 14th century, more and more cattle-breeding Bantu peoples came from
the north and west to the territory of today's Zambia and pushed the Khoisan
into the barren Kalahari. The advance of Arab and Portuguese slave, ivory and
copper traders into the region began around the 15th century. In the 17th
century, the Lozi Kingdom was founded in Western Zambia.
Between 1820 and 1840 the Ngoni, among others, fled South Africa from the
Zulu king Shaka and conquered a large part of the Zambian highlands. In 1851 the
British Dr. David Livingstone the Kololo people, in 1855 he was the first
European to reach Victoria Falls. Around 1880 the European slave traders wreaked
havoc in the central parts of the country. In 1884 the territory was declared a
British zone of influence at the Congo Conference in Berlin, and from 1891 it
was administered by the British South Africa Company founded by Cecil Rhodes.
20th century to the present
In 1924 the British crown colony of Northern Rhodesia was established in what
is now Zambia. In 1953 the country became part of the Federation of Rhodesia and
Nyassaland (now Malawi). In 1958 the National Independence Party (UNIP) was
founded. On October 24, 1964, Zambia gained independence under President Kenneth
In 1967 Kaunda proclaimed his state philosophy, "Zambian humanism" - a kind
of Christian socialism that distanced itself from the forms of socialism that
already existed at the time. The initially democratic, pluralistic system became
a one-party state in 1972 with UNIP as the unified party.
In 1975 the fall of the world copper market price triggered a permanent
crisis in the Zambian economy. The problems in supplying the population
increasingly led to unrest. In 1987 Zambia broke with the IMF, which triggered
an economic catastrophe. The country's external debt soared and Kaunda was
forced to work again with the IMF and the World Bank. Economic decline and
political lack of freedom triggered protests in the population in mid-1990,
which among other things resulted in the re-establishment of the multi-party
In the free parliamentary and presidential elections in October 1991,
Frederick Chiluba won, in the National Assembly the previous opposition party
MMD received a majority. The new government endeavored in a "Third Republic" to
create a democratic and pluralistic constitutional state. In the elections in
November 1996, President Chiluba and the ruling party were again confirmed in
office with a large majority. After a constitutional amendment to the exclusion
of Kenneth Kaundas's candidacy was passed, the government began to lose the
trust of the population and foreign economic partners. In August 1997,
opposition politicians K. Kaunda and R. Chongwe were shot injured in an
assassination attempt in Kabwe. After a failed military coup in October 1997,
the government declared a state of emergency, which was lifted in March 1998,
and arrested over 90 people. In the spring of 2001, a third term of office for
President Chiluba was prevented by the determined resistance of civil society.
Presidential, parliamentary and local elections were held in December 2001,
but were subsequently contested. Levy Mwanawasa became president and head of
state. The MMD narrowly missed a relative majority in parliament, but won a
majority in the by-elections. In 2002/2003 the country suffered two bad harvests
and international aid supplies prevented a famine. In 2003, two lawsuits against
Chiluba for corruption were brought in, and the total damages negotiated
amounted to 33 million US dollars. According to Transparency International,
corruption in Zambia continued to rise after Chiluba's tenure.