Zambia, in south-central Africa, is the continent's biggest copper producer and home to the Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
The Victoria Falls, found along the Zambezi River, have UNESCO World Heritage status. They are one of the country's many natural features which have enticed a growing number of tourists, along with the wide variety of wildlife to be found in large game parks, such as the Kafue National Park and South Luangwa National Park.
Zambia, which has a population of 16.2 million, has been peaceful and generally trouble-free. The area was ruled by Britain as Northern Rhodesia until 1964, when it made a peaceful transition to independence.
The capital, Lusaka, has a population of 1.08 million. English is the official language, but the primary vernacular languages spoken are Bemba, Kaonda, Lozi, Lunda, Luvale, Nyanja, and Tonga.
According to Unicef, two-thirds of Zambians live below the poverty line. Many Zambians face issues stemming from poverty, including lack of access to healthcare, limited education opportunities, and food/clean water insecurity. Zambia has 6 million children under the age of 18 and more than a quarter of a million of these children do not attend school.
Zambia is 50%-75% Christian, with Muslim and Hindu 24%-49%, and indigenous beliefs 1%.