At a glance:
Officially known as the Republic of Zambia, the country is landlocked in Southern Africa. Ongoing challenges include rural poverty and high unemployment. One-third of the population has no access to clean water, and one-half of the population lives without adequate sanitation. Girls are at increased risk for teenage pregnancy, and young marriage/pregnancy is nearly pandemic.
Religion: Protestant (75.3%), Roman Catholic (20.2%)
Language: Bembe (33.4%), Nyanja (14.7%), Tonga (11.4%), Lozi (5.5%)
Percent of people living on less than $3.10/day: 78.9%