Zambia

Country Profile

Capital: Lusaka

Population: 14,638,505

Official Language: English

Unofficial Languages: Zambia has over 70 languages, most of which fall into the Bantu family, and the two most widely spoken unofficial languages are Bembe and Nyanja

Life Expectancy at Birth: 51.83 years

HIV/AIDS

Adult Prevalence Rate: 12.5% (Ranking 7th in world comparisons)

Deaths: 27,000 (Ranking 15th in world comparisons)

People Living with HIV/AIDS: 1,110,400 (Ranking 15thin world comparisons)

Literacy Rate: 61.4% (note that there is a 20% gap between the male and female literacy rate in Zambia, with the male literacy rate at 71.9% and the female literacy rate at 51.8%, one of the larger gaps between male and females in the countries we work in)

Population below the poverty line: 60.5%

Main Economic Activity: Agriculture (determined by labour force composition)

Unemployment Rate: 15% (Rank 144)

Youth Unemployment Rate: 23.4% (Rank 42)

Drinking Water Sources:

Unimproved: 36.7% of population

Improved: 63.3% of population

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Country Profile

Capital: Lusaka

Population: 14,638,505

Official Language: English

Unofficial Languages: Zambia has over 70 languages, most of which fall into the Bantu family, and the two most widely spoken unofficial languages are Bembe and Nyanja

Life Expectancy at Birth: 51.83 years

HIV/AIDS

Adult Prevalence Rate: 12.5% (Ranking 7th in world comparisons)

Deaths: 27,000 (Ranking 15th in world comparisons)

People Living with HIV/AIDS: 1,110,400 (Ranking 15thin world comparisons)

Literacy Rate: 61.4% (note that there is a 20% gap between the male and female literacy rate in Zambia, with the male literacy rate at 71.9% and the female literacy rate at 51.8%, one of the larger gaps between male and females in the countries we work in)

Population below the poverty line: 60.5%

Main Economic Activity: Agriculture (determined by labour force composition)

Unemployment Rate: 15% (Rank 144)

Youth Unemployment Rate: 23.4% (Rank 42)

Drinking Water Sources:

Unimproved: 36.7% of population

Improved: 63.3% of population

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