Number of cholera deaths in Zi...

Number of cholera deaths in Zimbabwe surpasses 4,000

According to a report released by the United Nations' World Health Organisation (WHO), over four thousand people have died from cholera in Zimbabwe,...
ZIMBABWE: Bring us your dead

ZIMBABWE: Bring us your dead

Mass burials are being conducted in Zimbabwe's second city, Bulawayo, to empty hospital mortuaries of hundreds of unclaimed and decomposing bodies. ...
ZIMBABWE: 94 percent of school...

ZIMBABWE: 94 percent of schools fail to open

About 94 percent of Zimbabwe's rural schools - where most children are educated - failed to open this year, the UN Children's Fund said on 10...
New Zimbabwe government urged ...

New Zimbabwe government urged to prioritise human rights

Zimbabwe's new unified government has been urged to place human rights at the top of its agenda when it takes office this week. Zimbabwe's President...
Zimbabwean parliament passes u...

Zimbabwean parliament passes unity government bill

The parliament of Zimbabwe has unanimously voted for a constitutional amendment allowing a coalition government to be formed between Zimbabwean...

Mugabe prepares new govt despite protests

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has started preparations to form a government despite opposition objections, firing a dozen ministers from his...

Official Name: Republic of Zimbabwe


Capital: Harare
Major Towns: Bullawayo, Mutare, Harare
Location (geographical coordinates/latitude and longitude): Harare: 17°50'S, 31°3'E
Time Zone: CAT (UTC+2)
Size (Land and Sea): 390,757 km² , Water 1 %
Borders with South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Mozambique
Elevation extremes: Lowest point: junction of the Lundi and Savi rivers 162 m, highest point: Inyangani 2,592 m 
Head of State: President: Robert Mugabe (1980)
Form of Government: Republic with parliamentary government
Independancy: Rhodesia: 11 November 1965; Zimbabwe: 18 April 1980
Currency: Zimbabwe Dollar

Main Industries: mining (coal, gold, platinum, copper, nickel, tin, clay, numerous metallic and nonmetallic ores), steel; wood products, cement, chemicals, fertilizer, clothing and footwear, foodstuffs, beverages, tourism.
Natural resources: coal, chromium ore, asbestos, gold, nickel, copper, iron ore, vanadium, lithium, tin, platinum group metals
Agriculture: corn, cotton, tobacco, wheat, coffee, sugarcane, peanuts; sheep, goats, pigs.
Population and People  

Population: 12,311,143 (2007 est.); 13,010,000 (July 2005 estimate)
Population density per sq mi: 82
Growth rate: 0.6% (2007 est)
Birth rate: 27.7/1000 births/1,000 population (2007 est.)
Total fertility rate: 3.08 children born/woman (2007 est.)
Infant mortality rate: 51.1/1000
Religion: 40-50%: Christians, 10% Roman Catholics, often mixed with traditional beliefs; Ancestral worship is the most practiced non-Christian religion; 1% Muslims
Languages: English, Shona, Ndebele
Ethnic groups / Tribes: Shona 80–84%; Ndebele 8–10%; Bantus of other ethnicity 8–10%; White Zimbabweans 1.5%; Mixed race 0.5%; Asian ethnic groups 0.5% (mainly Chinese and Indian)
Age structure: 0-14 years: 37.2% (male 2,308,731/female 2,266,027); 15-64 years: 59.3% (male 3,663,108/female 3,641,519); 65 years and over: 3.5% (male 198,867/female 232,891) (2007 est.)
Life expectancy: 39.8
Literacy: 90%