Lusaka is the capital city of Zambia. It is both the country’s economic and political center.

Although it began as a small village (ruled by Chief Lusaka), it became a major city in 1905, when British settlers built a railway through Lusaka.

The British had first established the town of Livingstone as its capital for Northern Rhodesia, but Lusaka later became the capital in 1935. In 1964, when Zambia gained its independence from Great Britain, Lusaka remained the official capital of the land.

Today, the area in and surrounding Lusaka is home to 2.4 million people and is one of the fastest-developing cities in southern Africa.

Text by Emily Chan. Image of Lusaka street and traffic by Mike Rosenberg