Continent– Africa

Region – Southern Africa

Size – 390,757 km2

Geography – Landlocked, with mountains, high veld areas, low veld areas, forests

Language – 16 official languages (English, Shona and Ndebele are most widely spoken)

Religion – 80% Christians, 11% follows ethnic religions, 1% Muslims, 0.1% Hindus, 0.3% Baha’is, about 7% do not follow any religion

Monetary Unit – United States dollar (official for government), South African rand, and many other currencies. Zimbabwe bond coins are used as a proxy for US dollar coins. Zimbabwe bond notes are set to be introduced in 2016.

Natural Resources – Coal, chromium ore, asbestos, gold, nickel, copper, iron ore, vanadium, lithium, tin, platinum group metals, arable lands

Agriculture – Corn, cotton, tobacco, wheat, sugarcane, peanuts, sheep, goats and pigs.

Industry – Mining (coal, gold, platinum, copper, nickel, tin, diamonds, clay, numerous metallic and nonmetallic ores), steel, wood products, cement, chemicals, fertilizer, clothing and footwear, foodstuffs, beverages

Neighboring Countries- South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Mozambique

Population – 13,061,239 (2012 census)

Population Growth Rate – 3%

Average Life Expectancy – 58.05 years

Capital City – Harare

Highest Mountain – Mount Nyangani (2592 m)

Yearly Rainfall – Over 100 cm in the eastern mountains, 81 cm in Harare, 61 cm in Bulawayo, south and southwest receive little rainfall

Plant Life – Savanna grassland, low masasa trees, aloes, baobab, acacia, and teak trees

Animal Life- Elephants, hippopotamuses, lions, hyenas, crocodiles, antelopes, zebras, hyena, leopards, cheetahs, wild dogs, jackals, impalas, giraffes, baboons

Bird Life – 694 species of birds including ostriches, grebes, pelicans, storks, flamingos, ducks, geese, swans, larks, swallows and martins, sparrows, broadbills

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