Update 10 to Geopolitical Entities and Codes (formerly FIPS 10-4) is dated 2012-12-31. It issues a new code for Muchinga province.
Zambia has created a new province, Muchinga, consisting of Chinsali, Isoka, Mafinga, Mpika, and Nakonde districts from Northern province
and Chama district from Eastern province (sources , , ). It also intends to move the capital of Southern province from
Livingstone to Choma by 2013.
At the start of the 20th century, North-East Rhodesia and North-West Rhodesia were administered, with regard to British interests, by
the British South Africa Company. In 1911, they merged to form the protectorate of Northern Rhodesia. The country took the name Zambia
when it became independent in 1964.
Other names of country:
- Danish: Zambia
- Dutch: Zambia, Republiek Zambia (formal)
- English: Republic of Zambia (formal), Northern Rhodesia (obsolete)
- Finnish: Sambia
- French: Zambie f
- German: Sambia n
- Icelandic: Sambía
- Italian: Zambia m
- Norwegian: Zambia, Republikken Zambia (formal)
- Portuguese: Zâmbia, República f da Zâmbia f (formal), Rodésia do Norte (obsolete)
- Russian: Республика Замбия (formal)
- Spanish: Zambia, República f de Zambia (formal)
- Swedish: Zambia
- Turkish: Zambiya Cumhuriyeti (formal)
Origin of name:
from Zambezi River
Zambia is divided into ten provinces.
Zambia uses five-digit postal codes.
See the Districts of Zambia page.
The provinces are divided into 72 districts.
Origins of names:
Copperbelt: site of a belt of copper mines
- 1911-08-17: North-East Rhodesia (capital Fort Jameson) and North-West Rhodesia (capital Kalomo) merged to form Northern Rhodesia
- ~1933: Capital of the country moved from Livingstone to Lusaka.
- 1953-07-14: British Parliament passed the Rhodesia and Nyasaland Federation Act, by which Northern Rhodesia protectorate, Nyasaland
protectorate, and Southern Rhodesia colony were joined in the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland (capital Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia).
The provinces of Northern Rhodesia at about this time were as follows. Populations are from source , which says, "African population
only, based on a sample census." Source  gives the total population 1,741,419, according to a "1951 census", of which an estimated
1,700,577 were "domiciled, indigenous Africans."
- Population: 1950-07-30 census.
- 1963-12-31: Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland dissolved into its original components.
- 1964-10-24: Northern Rhodesia became independent under the name Zambia. At that time, it was divided into eight provinces, which
were subdivided into 43 districts. The provinces (and their capitals) were Barotseland (Mongu), Central (Broken Hill), Eastern (Fort
Jameson), Luapula (Fort Rosebery), Northern (Kasama), North-Western (Solwezi), Southern (Livingstone), and Western (Ndola).
- ~1969: Name of Western province changed to Copperbelt. Name of Barotseland province changed to Western. Name of capital of Central
province changed from Broken Hill to Kabwe. Name of capital of Eastern province changed from Fort Jameson to Chipata. Name of capital of
Luapula province changed from Fort Rosebery to Mansa.
- ~1973: Lusaka province split from Central province. Lusaka city, formerly the capital of Central, became the capital of Lusaka.
Initially Lusaka province was only 360 sq. km. around Lusaka, but by 1988 it had been enlarged to its present size.
- 2011-11: Muchinga province formed from parts of Northern (former HASC code
ZM.NO) and Eastern (
capital is Chinsali. (Evidence shows that the split took place sometime between 2011-11-07 and 2011-12-27.) Based on the populations of
their constituent districts, the populations of Eastern, Muchinga, and Northern from the 2000 census using their present areas would be
1,231,283, 524,186, and 809,400, respectively. Their areas would be 51,611, 87,409, and 77,320 km.², in the same order.
Other names of subdivisions:
- Copperbelt: Western (obsolete)
- Western: Barotseland (obsolete)
Note: All data from source , except 2010 census, which is from source . Populations for 1969 are approximate. They were
calculated by multiplying areas by population densities.
-  L'Évaluation des effectifs de la population des pays Africains, Tome I. Groupe de Démographie Africaine, Paris, 1982.
-  Demographic
Yearbook , 7th Ed. Statistical Office of the United Nations, New York, 1955 (retrieved 2011-08-20).
-  The Encyclopædia Britannica World Atlas, 1957 edition.
-  Census data from
Zambia , Chapter 3, Population Composition, Size and Growth. Central Statistical Office (retrieved
-  2010 Census of Population and
Housing , Presentation of Preliminary Results. The source of this presentation is not identified, but the
numbers seem consistent with other available information. (Retrieved 2011-11-05.)
-  Victoria Falls 24
news site (dated 2011-10-17, retrieved 2011-12-01).
-  "Zambia's
10th Province, Muchinga ." Ministry Of Local Government and Housing (retrieved 2012-09-12).
-  Truly
Zambian news site (dated 2012-02-07, retrieved 2012-09-23).