Lusaka is the fast-growing capital city of Zambia in Southern Africa. Around 3 million people live in Lusaka making it Zambia's largest city and commercial center. The British established Lusaka as the capital of Northern Rhodesia in 1935, it remained the capital once Zambia gained independence in 1964.
Lusaka has a modern looking business area, lots of scrambling shanties on its outskirts, lively markets, decent nightlife and some upscale hotels and restaurants. Cairo Road is the main avenue in town, lined with shops, banks and businesses, west of Cairo Road is considered the center of town. Lusaka is the centre of both commerce and government in Zambia and connects to the country's four main highways heading north, south, east and west.
English is the official language of the city, but Nyanja, and Bemba are also common.