There are over 70 languages spoken in Zambia. Seven of these languages are officially recognized as regional languages: Bemba, Nyanja, Lozi, Tonga, Kaonde, Luvale, and Lunda. English is also used widely, but mostly amongst people with high education levels. The maps, documents, and datasets below provide information about languages spoken throughout the country.
Language data allows humanitarian organizations to better understand the languages people speak and understand, leading to better programming and accountability. We’re working with University College London’s Centre for Translation Studies and others to make language data more easily accessible and usable.