Magazine article New Internationalist

At a Glance

Magazine article New Internationalist

At a Glance

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Leader: President Michael Sata.

Economy: GNI per capita $1,070 (Angola $3,960, UK $38,540). Zambia's economy has been growing at around 6% a year since 2005 and benefiting from high copper prices - though it is too dependent on that commodity. The country benefited from $6 billion of HIPC debt relief in 2005. There was an abnormally good maize crop in 2010.

Monetary unit: Kwacha.

Main exports: Copper/cobalt 64%, electricity, tobacco, flowers, cotton.

People: 13.1 million. Annual population growth rate 2.6%. People per square kilometre 17 (UK 255).

Health: Infant mortality 69 per 1,000 live births (Angola 98, UK 5). AIDS remains a crippling problem - the adult HIV prevalence rate is 13.5%, the sixth-highest rate in the world. Almost a million people live with HIV. …

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