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Zimbabwe Government Ministries

Country Facts

Zimbabwe is landlocked; the Zambezi forms a natural riverine boundary with Zambia; in full flood (February-April) the massive Victoria Falls on the river forms the world's largest curtain of falling water.

Location

Borders Zambia, Mozambique,Botswana, South Africa and Namibia.

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Geographic Information

Climate
Tropical; moderated by altitude; rainy season (November to March)

Area
total: 390,580 sq km
water: 3,910 sq km
land: 386,670 sq km


Terrain
Mostly high plateau with higher central plateau (high veld), mountains in east.

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

Economic Information

Gross Domestic Product
Purchasing power parity - $26.07 billion (2002 est.)

Gross Domestic Product by Sector
Agriculture: 18%
Industry: 24%
Services: 58%
(2001 data)

Labor Force
5.8 million (2000, estimated)

Labor Force by Sector
Agriculture 66%
Services 24%
Industry 10%
(1996 data)

 

Political Structure and Government

Government Type
Parliamentary democracy

Independence
18 April 1980 (from UK)

Capital
Harare

People and Culture

Population
12,576,742 inhabitants.