Official title:

Republic of Zambia


General information:
Capital: Lusaka
Population: 15,066,266 (July 2015 est.)
Total area: 752,618 km2
Currency: Zambian kwacha (ZMW)
National holiday: Independence Day, 24th October (1964)
Official language: English
Recognized regional languages: Bemba, Tonga, Lozi, Lunda, Luvale, Kaonde, Nyanja, Chewa


Type of government:
Presidential republic
Diplomatic and consular representative: H. E. Mr Bwalya Stanley Kasonda Chiti (Germany – Berlin)


GDP (nominal): $29 billion (2015 est.)
GDP (nominal) per capita: $1,705 (2015 est.)
GDP (PPP): $67 billion (2015 est.)
GDP (PPP) per capita: $4,113 (2014 est.)
GDP (official exchange rate): $26,61 billion (2014 est.)
GDP (real growth rate): 6,6% (2015 est.)

GDP per sector:
• Agriculture 19,3%
• Industry 31,9%
• Services 58,8% (2014 est.)

Agriculture products: corn, sorghum, rice, peanuts, sunflower seeds, vegetables, flowers, tobacco, cotton, sugarcane, cassava (manioc, tapioca), coffee, cattle, goats, pigs, poultry, milk, eggs, hides
Main industries: copper mining and processing, emerald mining, construction, foodstuffs, beverages, chemicals, textiles, fertilizer, horticulture


Trade - Export
Exported commodities: copper, cobalt, electricity, tobacco, flowers, cotton
Main export partners:
• Switzerland 23,4%
• China 14,1%
• Democratic Republic of Congo 13,4%
• South Africa 6,1%
• United Arab Emirates 4,9% (2014)


Trade - Import
Imported commodities: machinery, transportation equipment, petroleum products, electricity, fertilizer, foodstuffs, clothing
Main import partners:7
• South Africa 31,3%
• Democratic Republic of Congo 18,7%
• China 9,3%
• Kenya 8,3%
• EU 28 7%


African Economic Outlook. 2015. Zambia. Available at: (February 11th 2016).


European Commission – Directorate-General for Trade. 2015. EU, Trade in goods with Zambia. Available at: (February 11th 2016).


International Monetary Fund. 2015. IMF Executive Board Concludes 2015 Article IV Consultation with Zambia. Available at: (February 11th 2016).