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Population (In Millions) 14.08
Human Development Index n.a./187
Gross Domestic Product (In USD Billions - World Bank) 24.94
Global Peace Index 48/162
Happy Planet Index 99/151
Social Institutions and Gender Index 58/86
Environmental Performance Index 57/132
Child Mortality Rate 57.1
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Quality of Life

UNDP Human Development Report Trends - 2011

The Human Development Index represents a push for a broader definition of well-being and provides a composite measure of three basic dimensions of human development: health, education and income. According to the United Nations Development Programme's 2011 Human Development Reports, Zambia's HDI is 0.430, which gives the country a rank of 164 out of 187 countries with comparable data. The HDI of Sub-Saharan Africa as a region increased from 0.365 in 1980 to 0.463 today, placing Zambia below the regional average [1]

Between 1980 and 2011, Zambia’s HDI value increased from 0.401 to 0.430, an increase of 7.0 per cent or average annual increase of about 0.2 per cent [2]

Zambia's HDI breaks down as follow:
Zambia's HDI
  • Health: 0.458 (life expectancy at 49 years)
  • Education: 0.480 (mean years of schooling at 6.5)
  • Income: 0.362 (GNI per capita-2005 PPP$-1,254)
Zambia HDI trend

Jobs and Earnings


Civic Engagement and Governance

Official Statistics

Central Statistical Office

Happiness in Zambia

This is an overview of findings on Happiness in Zambia.The available findings are presented in the latest ‘Nation Report’ on Zambia [1]. This report is ordered by type of happiness questions and within these types by year. This ordering is to facilitate the assessment of progress, comparison over time being most fruitful using the same questions.
The report presents means and standard deviations, both on the original scale range and transformed to a common range 0-10. The means inform about the level of happiness in the country and the standard deviations about inequality of happiness.
Links provide more detail about the precise text of the question, the full distribution of responses and technical details of the survey. The report is continuously updated.


  1. United Nations Development Programme. 2011 Human Development Reports.Zambia.
  2. Human Development Report 2011.Sustainability and Equity:A Better Future for All.

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