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Holidays in Zambia

Understanding Zambia

The territory of Northern Rhodesia was administered by the [British] South Africa Company from 1891 until it was taken over by the UK in 1923. During the 1920s and 1930s, advances in mining spurred development and immigration. The name was changed to Zambia upon independence in 1964. In the 1980s and 1990s, declining copper prices, economic mismanagement and a prolonged drought hurt the economy. Elections in 1991 brought an end to one-party rule, but the subsequent vote in 1996 saw blatant harassment of opposition parties. The election in 2001 was marked by administrative problems with three parties filing a legal petition challenging the election of ruling party candidate Levy MWANAWASA. MWANAWASA was reelected in 2006 in an election that was deemed free and fair. Upon his abrupt death in August 2008, he was succeeded by his vice president, Rupiah BANDA, who subsequently won a special presidential by-election in October 2008. Michael SATA was elected president in September 2011.

Zambia economy

Zambia's economy has experienced strong growth in recent years, with real GDP growth in 2005-13 more than 6% per year. Privatization of government-owned copper mines in the 1990s relieved the government from covering mammoth losses generated by the industry and greatly increased copper mining output and profitability to spur economic growth. Copper output has increased steadily since 2004, due to higher copper prices and foreign investment. Zambia's dependency on copper makes it vulnerable to depressed commodity prices, but record high copper prices and a bumper maize crop in 2010 helped Zambia rebound quickly from the world economic slowdown that began in 2008. Zambia has made some strides to improve the ease of doing business. Regulatory changes by the current government in 2012-2013 included Statutory Instruments (SI) Number 33 (mandating use of the kwacha for domestic transactions) and SI Number 55 (monitoring foreign exchange transactions). Along with problems of fiscal management and weakening global copper prices, these SI's were perceived as undermining confidence in Zambia's economy and currency, leading to sharp depreciation of the kwacha in March 2014. In response, the Minister of Finance revoked SI 33 and 55 in late March 2014. Despite a strong economy, poverty remains a significant problem in Zambia, made worse by a high birth rate, relatively high HIV/AIDS burden, and by market distorting agricultural policies.

Issues in Zambia

in 2004, Zimbabwe dropped objections to plans between Botswana and Zambia to build a bridge over the Zambezi River, thereby de facto recognizing a short, but not clearly delimited, Botswana-Zambia boundary in the river Refugees and internally displaced persons: refugees (country of origin): 16,684 (Democratic Republic of the Congo) (2013) Illicit drugs: transshipment point for moderate amounts of methaqualone, small amounts of heroin, and cocaine bound for southern Africa and possibly Europe; a poorly developed financial infrastructure coupled with a government commitment to combating money laundering make it an unattractive venue for money launderers; major consumer of cannabis

Cities in Zambia

chadiza  chama  chambishi  chibombo  chililabombwe  chingola  chinsali  chipata  choma  chongwe  gwembe  isoka  kabompo  kabwe  kafue  kalabo  kalengwa  kalomo  kalulushi  kansanshi  kaoma  kapiri mposhi  kaputa  kasama  kasempa  katete  kawambwa  kitwe  limulunga  livingstone  luangwa  luanshya  lukulu  lundazi  lusaka  luwingu  maamba  mansa  mazabuka  mbala  mkushi  mongu  monze  mpika  mpongwe  mporokoso  mpulungu  mufulira  mufumbwe  mumbwa  mungwi  mwense  mwinilunga  nakambala  nakonde  namwala  nchelenge  ndola  nyimba  petauke  samfya  senanga  serenje  sesheke  siavonga  sinazongwe  solwezi  zambezi  

What do you think about Zambia?

How expensive is Zambia?
Meal in inexpensive restaurant7.91 USD
3-course meal in restaurant (for 2)25.47 USD
McDonalds meal6.6 USD
Local beer (0.5 draft)2.08 USD
Foreign beer (0.33 bottle) 2.46 USD
Cappuccino2.24 USD
Pepsi/Coke (0.33 bottle)0.84 USD
Water (0.33 bottle)0.52 USD
Milk (1l)2.09 USD
Fresh bread (500g)1.15 USD
White Rice (1kg)2.44 USD
Eggs (12) 1.98 USD
Local Cheese (1kg) 7.96 USD
Chicken Breast (1kg) 5.88 USD
Apples (1kg) 3.13 USD
Oranges (1kg) 2.38 USD
Tomato (1kg) 1.52 USD
Potato (1kg) 2.93 USD
Lettuce (1 head) 0.93 USD
Water (1.5l)1.05 USD
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 11.16 USD
Domestic Beer (0.5 bottle)1.65 USD
Foreign beer (0.33 bottle) 2.78 USD
Cigarettes1.86 USD
One way local bus ticket0.87 USD
Monthly pass for bus16.64 USD
Taxi start1.94 USD
Taxi 1km3.72 USD
Taxi 1hour waiting9.9 USD
Gasoline (1 liter) 1.97 USD
Utilities for a "normal" apartment64.7 USD
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 9.64 USD
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 559.34 USD
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 389.47 USD
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 787.64 USD, your travel companion

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