Global Sourcebook for International Data Management

                                         by Graham Rhind

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For supplementary information, see links to post office home pages here External, to postal code pages here External and to other personal name and addressing issues pages here External.

Table of Contents

Zambia - Country information


Local short name form

Official name





International telephone access code


ISO 3166 country codes

Car nationality plate code


Internet country code


GRC Country Code


Zambia - Languages


The official language is English External. 38 other languages are spoken. The most widespread are: Bemba External (2 000 000 speakers); Kaonde External (240 000 speakers); Lala-Bisa External (439 000 speakers); Lozi External (473 000 speakers); Lunda External (220 000 speakers); Luvale External (203 000 speakers); Mambwe-Lungu External (262 800 speakers); Nsenga External (427 000 speakers); Nyanja External (989 000 speakers); Nyiha External (320 000 speakers); Tonga External (990 000 speakers) and Tumbuka External (406 000 speakers).

Zambia - Example address format


   Note: This section last updated 2nd November 2020


Addresses written in a non-native language will be written in English.

Postal codes are rarely used, and may also be found written to the right of the city name.

   A table containing information about the relevant position of elements within address blocks can be acquired External

Zambia - Post office box


Post office box deliveries may be to P.O. Box or to Private Bag.

Zambia - Postal codes


The postal code consists of a block of 5 digits. The first two indicate the routing province, the third the routing area, the fourth the delivery area and the final digit indicates the method of delivery.

   Metadata containing postal code formatting rules, exceptions and regular expressions can be acquired External

Zambia - Postal code format graphic


Zambia - Postal code format

Zambia - Postal code specifics


Zambia - Postal code regular expression


Zambia - Postal code level of coverage


Zambia - Postal code map


Place names in Zambia


   Note: This section last updated 19th August 2014

Refer to Exonyms in Zambia for full lists of place names in Zambia in other languages.

   Alternate place name forms/postal code tables can be acquired at External
   Other language place name data can be acquired at External

Zambia - Administrative districts


   Note: This section last updated 24th July 2012

Zambia has 10 provinces External:

    Central External
    Copperbelt External
    Eastern External
    Luapula External
    Lusaka External
    Muchinga External
    Northern External
    North-Western External
    Southern External
    Western External

Administrative districts graphic


Telephone numbers in Zambia


   Note: This section last updated 10th December 2019

Zambian fixed-line numbers have area codes of 3 digits and subscriber numbers of 6 digits when called from abroad. Mobile numbers have area codes of 2 digits and subscriber numbers of 7 digits. Mobile number area codes are 76-77 or 95-97.

   Tables of telephone number information/formats can be acquired – see External 

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