Wikijunior:Africa/Zimbabwe

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Location of Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe, officially the Republic of Zimbabwe, is a landlocked country in southern Africa. It borders South Africa to the south, Botswana to the southwest, Zambia to the northwest and Mozambique to the east. It is a landlocked country meaning it has no coastline. The capital is Harare. At the moment, there is no official currency. Because of that, people use the British pound, South African rand, American dollar and other currencies. The current president of Zimbabwe is the 2nd president of the country, Robert Mugabe.

Geography[edit]

Zimbabwe is a landlocked country that is located between two rivers (Zambezi to the north and Limpopo to the south). Zimbabwe is located in the southern part of Africa. It is surrounded by five neighbours, that is South Africa, Zambia, Mozambique, Malawi and Botswana. Zimbabwe is blessed with a lot of mineral resources recently with the discovery of Diamonds in one of its provinces.

The country is divided into ten provinces, that is Harare, Bulawayo, Masvingo, Mashonaland East, Mashonaland West, Mashonaland Central, Matabeleland North, Matabeleland South, Midlands and Manicaland.

History[edit]

Zimbabwe has been a fully independent country since 1980, but it declared independence from the United Kingdom in 1965. Before independence, Zimbabwe was known as South Rhodesia. In the first decade of the 21st century, Zimbabwe suffered many economic problems including hyper-inflation (when money becomes worthless).

Economy[edit]

After gaining independence the official currency of Zimbabwe was the Zimbabwean Dollar that was replaced by the use of multiple currencies with the main being the US Dollar.

People[edit]

There are 16 official languages in Zimbabwe. The most widely used languages are Shona, Ndebele, and English (language of business and politics).

Sights[edit]

Victoria Falls in the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe

The most famous feature of Zimbabwe is Victoria Falls which is a World Heritage Site. Other areas include Hwange National Park, Great Zimbabwe, Matopos (the place where Cecil John Rhodes was buried), Mushumbi Pools, Troutbeck (located in Nyanga) amoung other interesting places.

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