Zimbabwe officially the Republic of Zimbabwe is a landlocked country, located in the southern part of the continent of Africa, between the Zambezi and Limpopo Rivers. It is bordered by South Africa to the south, Botswana to the southwest, Zambia to the northwest, and Mozambique to the east.

Official Name: Republic of Zimbabwe

Short Form: Zimbabwe

Country Calling Code: +263

Capital City: Harare(pop. 1.5 million)

Other Cities: Bulawayo, Chitungwiza, Mutare, Gweru, Kwekwe, Masvingo, Marondera.

Government Type: Republic

Independence: 18 April 1980 (from UK)

Nationality: Zimbabwean

Population: 12.7 million (2012 est.)

Ethnic Groups: Shona 71%, Ndebele 16%, other African 11%, white 1%, mixed and Asian 1%.

Religions: Christianity 75%, Traditional beliefs and Muslim.

Languages: English (official); Chishona, Sindebele with various dialects.

Natural Resources: Coal, chromium ore, asbestos, gold, nickel, copper, iron ore, vanadium, lithium, tin, platinum group metals.

Agriculture Products: Corn, cotton, tobacco, wheat, coffee, sugarcane, peanuts; sheep, goats, pigs.

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.

Currency: Zimbabwean Dollar (ZWD).

Source: www.nationsonline.org/Africa; www.bbc.com/ Zimbabwe Profile; other.