The territory of what is now Zambia was known as Northern Rhodesia from 1911. It was renamed Zambia at independence in 1964. The new name of Zambia was derived from the Zambezi river (Zambezi may mean "River of God").

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  • The capital and main city is Lusaka
  • The official language is English
  • Area: 290,587 sq mi (approx. three times the size of the State of Michigan)
  • Population approx. 16.5 millions in 2016
  • Climate: The country is classified as humid subtropical or tropical wet and dry, with small stretches of semi-arid steppe climate in the south-west and along the Zambezi valley.

Fun Fact: "Victoria Falls," one of the 7 Wonders of the World, are at the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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