Zimbabwe
Republic of Zimbabwe

Capital
Harare

Area
150,803 sq mi
390,580 sq km


Population
12,576,742 est 2003

Largest city
Harare
pop. 1,919,700


Languages
English (official), Shona, Sindebele (the language of the Ndebele, sometimes called Ndebele), numerous but minor tribal dialects

Peoples
African 98% (Shona 82%, Ndebele 14%, other 2%), mixed and Asian 1%, white less than 1%

Religion
Syncretic (part Christian, part indigenous beliefs) 50%, Christian 25%, indigenous beliefs 24%, Islam and other 1%

Life Expectancy
total population: 37.82 years
male: 38.63 years
female: 36.99 years (2004 est.)


Literacy
total population: 90.7%
male: 94.2%
female: 87.2% (2003 est.)


Suffrage
18 years of age; universal

Government
Parliamentary Democracy


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