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Unity, Freedom, Work

 

General


Population: 13,771,721 (2014), 13,182,908 (2013)
Land Area: 390,580 sq km
Natural Resources: Coal, chromium ore, asbestos, gold, nickel, copper, iron ore, vanadium, lithium, tin, platinum
Capital: Harare
Political System: Parliamentary Democracy
State Leader: Robert Gabriel Mugabe (December 31st 1987)
Languages: English, Shona, Sindebele, Tribal dialects
Currency: Zimbabwean Dollar (ZWD)
Major Religions: Syncretic 50%, Christian 25%, Indigenous Beliefs 24%, Muslim and other 1%
Major Ethnicities: African 98%, Mixed and Asian 1%, Caucasian 1%
Life Expectancy: 55.68 years (2014), 53.86 years (2013)

Economy


GDP Official Exchange Rate: 10.48 billion (2013), 9.802 billion (2012)
GDP Purchasing Power Parity: 7.496 billion (2013), 7.366 billion (2012)
GDP Per Capita (PPP): 600 (2013), 600 (2012)
GDP Growth Rate: 3.2% (2013), 4.4% (2012)
GDP Structure: Agriculture 20.1%, Industry 25.4%, Services 54.5% (2013)
Labour Force By Occupation: Agriculture 66%, Industry 10%, Services 24% (1996)
Industries: Mining, steel, wood products, cement, chemicals, fertilizer, clothing and footwear, foodstuffs, beverages
Agriculture Products: Corn, cotton, tobacco, wheat, coffee, sugarcane, peanuts; sheep, goats, pigs
Human Development Index: 0.492 (156th)(2014), 0.397 (172nd)(2013)
Tourism Revenue: 194 million (2004)
Unemployment Rate: 95% (2009)

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Army Size: 29 000 (2004)
Budget: 3.8% of GDP (2006)

Current Situation

 

Zimbabwe is located in Southern Africa. Zimbabwe is bordered by Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa and Zambia. Zimbabwe's economy has recently collapsed because of internal problems caused by disputed election results and President Robert Mugabe's reluctance for change and openness. Inflation is through the roof and the growth rate is declining, with GDP per capita being one of the lowest in the world.

(2014) Zimbabwe's economy has been growing at a steady pace, however much work remains to be done to reduce poverty and achieve it's full potential, unfortunately important democratic reforms will need to be implemented and these are unlikely to happen while Robert Mugabe remains the President of Zimbabwe.

Thoughts & Comments

 

Sources

CIA World Factbook: Zimbabwe
Wikipedia: Zimbabwe
http://hdrstats.undp.org/en/countries/profiles/ZWE.html

Updated on: January 5th, 2015