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General Background

Population: 14.2m m
Land Area: 752,612km sq.
Poverty Ranking: 29
Main Religions: It is difficult to find accurate figures on religious adherence in Zambia. It is officially a Christian nation, but Christianity is often mixed with traditional belief systems.

Zambia is a large landlocked country set in the heart of Southern Africa, bordered in the south by the Zambezi river (whose source is in Northern Zambia) and the Victoria Falls. It is sparsely populated – its 14 million inhabitants living in a country nine times the size of Ireland. Formerly Northern Rhodesia, the country was administered by the South Africa Company from 1891 until 1923, when it was taken over by the UK. The name changed to Zambia upon independence in 1964. The past 20 years have seen significant economic growth in Zambia and a degree of political stability. However, the majority of its population, particularly in rural areas, remain poor and the population is still feeling the effects of a significant HIV/AIDS epidemic in the 1990s, which saw more than a million children being orphaned.

CMS Ireland engagement with Zambia
Recent META visits: 2007, 2012
Latest Annual Projects: The Broken Butterfly (2006)