A sprawling, modern city, with a pleasant temperate climate, situated at an altitude of about 1300 m (about 4265 ft) on a plateau. Population (1990) 982,362.
South central Zambia, capital of the country and of Lusaka Province.
Lusaka is Zambia's chief administrative center and a major financial, transportation, and manufacturing hub.
Diversified industries, some powered by the Kariba hydroelectric project on the Zambezi River, include food processing, motor-vehicle assembly, and the manufacture of clothing and electronic equipment.
The University of Zambia (1965) is nearby, and the National Institute of Public
Administration (1963) and Evelyn Hone College of Applied Arts and Commerce (1963) are
Lusaka was founded in 1905 by European settlers and was named for a local African leader. In 1935 it replaced Livingstone as the capital of the British dependency of Northern Rhodesia, and in 1964 it became the capital of independent Zambia.
Major cities near Lusaka: