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Country name:

conventional long form: Republic of Zimbabwe
conventional short form: Zimbabwe
former: Southern Rhodesia, Rhodesia

 

Capital:

Harare. Population: 1.5 million (2005).
 

 

Location:

Southern Africa, between South Africa and Zambia

 

Area:

390,757 sq km (150,872 sq miles).
 

Description:

Zimbabwe is bordered by Zambia to the northwest, Mozambique to the north and east, South Africa to the south and Botswana to the southwest. The central zone of hills gives rise to many rivers, which drain into the manmade Lake Kariba to the northwest, the marshes of Botswana to the west or into the Zambezi River to the northeast. The highveld landscape is dotted with kopjes (massive granite outcrops). Along the eastern border for some 350km (220 miles) is a high mountainous region of great scenic beauty, rising to 2,592m (8,504ft) at Mount Inyangani, the country’s highest point.
 

 

Population:

12.9 million (UN estimate 2005).
 

 

Languages:

The official language is English, with Shona and Sindebele dialects
 

 

map of Zimbabwe

Climate:

Although located in the tropics, temperate conditions prevail all year, as the climate is moderated by altitude and the inland position of the country. The hot and dry season is from August to October, and the rainy season from November to March. The best months to visit are April to May and August to September. Night-time temperatures can fall below freezing.

Economy - overview:

Zimbabwe’s economy is now in freefall. Half the workforce is unemployed; the economy contracted by 6.5% in 2005 and by November 2006, hyper-inflation had reached 1,100%. There are four main reasons: a catastrophic decline in the value of the Zimbabwean Dollar; the chaos in the vital agricultural and agro-industrial sectors caused by government policies on land redistribution; the drought that is afflicting the entire region; and the growing impact of the very high rates of HIV/AIDS infection on the workforce.

Economy:

Zimbabwe’s economy is now in freefall. Half the workforce is unemployed; the economy contracted by 6.5% in 2005 and by November 2006, hyper-inflation had reached 1,100%. There are four main reasons: a catastrophic decline in the value of the Zimbabwean Dollar; the chaos in the vital agricultural and agro-industrial sectors caused by government policies on land redistribution; the drought that is afflicting the entire region; and the growing impact of the very high rates of HIV/AIDS infection on the workforce.
 

 

Industries:

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

 

Exports:
Cotton, tobacco, gold, ferroalloys, textiles and clothing.
• Main trade partners: China (PR), Germany and South Africa.

Imports:
Machinery and transport equipment, other machines, chemicals and fuels.

Exchange rates:
The Zimbabwean Dollar was abandoned early 2009.
http://www.worldtravelguide.net/country/315/money/Africa/Zimbabwe.html


GDP :
US$3.2 billion (2005).

 

 

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