Lusaka is the capital and largest city of Zambia. Lusaka is a commercial centre as well as centre of government, and the four main highways of Zambia radiate north, south, east and west from it. Zambia is in Southern Africa, east of Angola. The climate is tropical, modified by altitude and the rainy season (October to April). The official language is English. Bemba and Njanja are the other most commonly understood languages. The main religions are Christianity, indigenous beliefs, Hinduism and Islam. The Zambian economy has historically been based on the copper mining industry. Output of copper had declined over a period of 30 years due to lack of investment, low copper prices, and uncertainty over privatisation. However following privatisation of the industry, copper production has rebounded. The Zambian government is pursuing an economic diversification programme to reduce the economy's reliance on the copper industry. Expatriate business dress is typically conservative in the form of a lightweight suit or equivalent. The security risk for expatriates in Zambia is medium. Risks include petty and opportunistic theft, violent crime, including armed robbery and carjacking. The currency of Zambia is the Zambian Kwacha (ZMW). ATMs are available in Lusaka and some major towns but may not accept all cards. Major credit cards are increasingly accepted by larger shops, hotels, restaurants and tour operators. Medical facilities are poor, especially in rural areas. Emergency services are limited. There have been a cholera outbreaks reported. The HIV prevalence rate is very high. The population of Lusaka is 2.5 Million (2016 est.), while the inflation rate is 22.2% (2016 est.).
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates in In Lusaka, the cost of each basket, based on local prices, compared to the international average, is categorized follows (Exact cost of living percentages only available in personalised reports): Lusaka as at 1 April 2016 is average in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Very Low 2) Clothing: Low 3) Communication: High 4) Education: Very Low 5) Furniture & Appliances: Low 6) Groceries: Low 7) Healthcare: Very Low 8) Household Accommodation: Very High 9) Miscellaneous: Very Low 10) Personal Care: Very Low 11) Recreation & Culture: Low 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Low 13) Transport: Average Lusaka is for example -43.5% cheaper than Yokohama for groceries, -8.1% cheaper for household costs than Saint Helier, and 21.3% more expensive for transport costs than Amman. The hardship premium for Lusaka for an expat from Israel, is for example 0%, i.e. host location (Lusaka) premium of 30% minus home (Israel) location premium of 30%. Lusaka is ranked as a high degree of hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship or expat pay in Lusaka? Register subscribe to your home location and Lusaka and run your personalised reports.