Map of Zimbabwe (sketch)

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Facts about Zimbabwe1

Former names

Centuries of habitation preceded the Mwene Mutapa and Rozwi Empires with their capital historically placed at or about Great Zimbabwe. 19th century European invasion and migration led to place names as Northern Rhodesia, Southern Rhodesia and Rhodesia.

Zimbabwe-Rhodesia was adopted in 1979 during the latter stage of the civil war against ethnic-European supremacist-segregation


11.63 million (2002)

Official language


Other languages

Shona, Ndebele

Main provincial areas

Bulawayo (city), Harare (city), Manicaland, Mashonaland Central, Mashonaland East, Mashonaland West, Masvingo, Matabeleland North, Matabeleland South, Midlands


singular: Zimbabwean
plural: Zimbabweans
adjective: Zimbabwean

Time zone

UTC/GMT +2 hours


390,757 square kilometres; being approximately 152,639 sq miles.



Natural resources

Agricultural products, asbestos, copper, gold, historical sites, nickel, tobacco, wildlife

Natural hazards

recurring droughts


Zimbabwe dollar (Z$) = 100 (Zimbabwe) cents";


Zimbabwe's international affiliations include state membership of the following organisations:

  • African Union1
  • Southern African Development Community1
  • United Nations1

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