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Zambia is a land-locked country in southern Africa. Before its independence from Great Britain in 1964 it was known as Northern Rhodesia. The economy is largely based on copper/cobalt mining, with agriculture and tourism being the other two areas of economic activity in the country. During the past few years the government has been seeking to diversify the economy and has been encouraging foreign investment to stimulate economic growth.

People and Language. Zambia has over 70 different tribes, with no one tribe being dominant. This has contributed to English serving as the official language of the nation. Some of the more widely spoken tribal languages are Bemba, Kaonde, Lozi, Lunda, Luvale, Nyanja, and Tonga.

The Land. The landscape of Zambia is quite varied. It stretches from the Kalahari Desert of Botswana to the edge of the jungles of the Congo River basin to rather rugged terrain along Zambia's border with Tanzania and Malawi.

Christianity in Zambia. Although Roman Catholic explorers ventured through parts of Zambia before him, it was really David Livingstone that opened this part of Africa to European interest. He died in Zambia in 1873. The peoples of the land resisted Christianity for many years but today Zambia is officially a Christian nation.

The Assemblies of God in Zambia. The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada entered Zambia in the 1950's and began a work among the Nyanja-speaking peoples of Eastern Province. The American Assemblies of God sent their first missionaries to this nation in 1997.

Music. Zambian believers love to worship the Lord, especially in their own languages! Here you will find some music from local churches, to give you a flavor of what local worship is like!

Food & Customs. Every country has its unique foods and customs, and Zambia is no different!