Facts about Zimbabwe
Location: Landlocked country in southern Africa, located between the countries
of South Africa and Zambia
Area: 150,872 square miles (390,757 sq. kilometers) Zimbabwe is slightly larger
than the state of Montana.
Population: Estimated 15,000,000 people
Religions: 50% syncretic (part Christian, part indigenous beliefs); 25%
Christian; 24% indigenous beliefs; 1% other
Landscape: Most of Zimbabwe is high plateau, allowing a pleasant climate
throughout the year. Although it is a beautiful country, with scenery including
the famous Victoria Falls, a drought has plagued the country since 1999.
History: Britain has historically controlled the country of Zimbabwe (formerly
known as Rhodesia). The country gained independence from British control on
April 18, 1980. About 98% of Zimbabweans are black, with 75% living in rural
areas. The largest ethnic group in Zimbabwe is the Shona people (71%). The
second largest group is the Ndebele people (16%). Although English is recognized
as the official language in Zimbabwe, many people do not speak or understand
English. There are well over one hundred spoken dialects (languages).