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Updated: Sep 9, 2022

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Country Name

Zambia, and officially the Republic of Zambia.


Zambia is a landlocked country in Southern-Central Africa. Zambia is bordered by Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the north, Angola to the east, Namibia and Zimbabwe to the south, and Mozambique and Malawi to the east.



Reason for Naming the country

The territory of what is now Zambia was known as Northern Rhodesia since 1911.

It was renamed Zambia at independence in 1964. The new name of Zambia was derived from the Zambezi river (Zambezi may mean "Grand River").


The flag of Zambia was adopted upon independence on 24 October 1964.

The Zambian flag is green with an orange eagle in the top right and a block of vertical red, black, and orange bands in the bottom right.

The placement of the eagle and block of stripes at the flag's fly is notable as most emblems and devices on flags are placed at the center or the hoist.

The Green color represents the country's natural resources and vegetation,

the red the nation's struggle for freedom, the black for the Zambian people, and orange for the land's natural resources and mineral wealth primarily copper. The eagle represents the people's ability to rise above the nation's problems.