Interesting Zimbabwe Facts

Zimbabwe is a landlocked country located in Eastern Africa where it is bordered by Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa and Zambia. It spans across 390,757 km2 of land. The estimated population of Zimbabwe is somewhere in the region of 16,529,904.

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Zimbabwe Fact File: Continent: Africa * Country Name(s): Zimbabwe, Republic of Zimbabwe * Location: Eastern Africa * Bordering: Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa and Zambia * Capital City: Harare * Size: 390,757 km2 * Estimated Population: over 16,529,904 * Currency: United States dollar (USD) * Language(s): Chewa, Chibarwe, Chitonga, English, Kalanga, Koisan, Nambya, Ndau, Shangani, Shona, Sign Language, Sotho, Southern Ndebele, Tswana, Venda and Xhosa * Country Code: +263

Interesting Zimbabwe Facts for Kids

Interesting Facts for Kids 1: Size & location facts
Zimbabwe is located on the continent of Africa, where it has a landlocked position and is bordered by Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa and Zambia. There are seven continents in the world: Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Europe, Antarctica, Australia (Oceania). Africa is the world's second largest continent, occupying a total area of 30,370,000 km2. Africa has 54 countries, and forms 20.4% of the world's landmass. Zimbabwe is a landlocked country that spans across a total area of approximately 390,757 km2. It is of average area size when compared to other countries situated on the continent of Africa. Zimbabwe is smaller than Morocco but larger than the Republic of the Congo.

Interesting Facts for Kids 2: Population facts
The population of this African country is over 16,529,904 people. The majority of Zimbabwe's inhabitants reside in Harare which is the country's most populous city. Zimbabwe has a fairly high population when compared to most other countries across the world, its overall population density is approximately 32 people per sq km. The estimated population of Africa is approximately 1,186,178,000 inhabitants, making it the continent with the second largest population in the world. The continents in order of population, starting with highest population first, are: Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Europe, Australia (Oceania Region) and Antarctica. The total population of the entire world is in excess of 7.6 billion people.

Interesting Facts for Kids 3: Capital & major cities
The capital of Zimbabwe is Harare. The names of other major cities located in this country are Bulawayo, Chitungwiza, Mutare, Gweru and Kwekwe.

Interesting Facts for Kids 4: Country borders
The following details provide a guide to Zimbabwe's approximate border lengths:
Botswana 834 km, Mozambique 1,402 km, South Africa 230 km, Zambia 763 km

Interesting Facts for Kids 5: Climate and geography facts
Zimbabwe has a tropical climate with a rainy season that occurs from November to March. Areas of elevation generally receive more moderate weather conditions. The geography of Zimbabwe is formed majorly of high areas of elevation and plateau, and mountainous regions in the east. Africa's fourth longest river, the Zambezi River, forms a border between Zimbabwe and Zambia. Another geographical feature of interest that occurs along the country's border with Zambia is Lake Kariba which is the largest manmade lake and reservoir by volume in the world. The surface area of Lake Kariba is approximately 5,580 km2. The area is home to an array of wildlife and fish species. The lowest point of Zimbabwe is the junction of the Runde and Save Rivers at 162m, and the highest point of elevation is Inyangani at 2,592m.

Interesting Facts for Kids 6: Natural Resources of Zimbabwe
Natural resources can be described as materials and substances found naturally occurring on Earth. Natural resources are very important across the world, and can be exploited for economic gain. The level of natural resources present in an individual country depends on varying factors which are influenced by the geography, climate and location of that country. Some countries, such as Russia, The United States, Saudi Arabia and Canada, have many natural resources, where as some other countries have limited to none. Three of the primary uses of natural resources are food, transport and construction. The following examples provide information on the everyday uses of natural resources: Fish occurs naturally in many bodies of water and can be caught for food consumption. Crude oils can be refined into various fuels in order to power vehicles/cars. Wood/timber can be extracted from forests and used to construct houses and furniture. The natural resources of Zimbabwe include coal, chromium ore, asbestos, gold, nickel, iron ore, copper, vanadium, lithium, tin and platinum group metals.

Interesting Facts for Kids 7: Language facts
The official languages of Zimbabwe are Shona, Ndebele and English. Various other official languages are also spoken among the population of this country including Kalanga, Koisan, Chewa, Chibarwe, Nambya, Ndau, Shangani, sign language, Sotho, Tonga, Tswana, Venda and Xhosa.

Interesting Facts for Kids 8: Religion facts
The main religion of Zimbabwe is Protestant at approximately 74% of the population, with the major religion being Apostolic followed by Pentecostal. Around 7% are Roman Catholic. The remaining population either belongs to other religions or no religion at all. Afghanistan

Interesting Facts for Kids 9: Symbols of Zimbabwe
Each country has its own individual culture, history and identity. Flags, emblems, symbols, mottos, colors, anthems and songs represent the national pride and identity of countries worldwide. These national symbols are formed through the unique history of a nation and are symbolic of both hardship and prosperity, embodying freedom, strength and unity. Flags, emblems, songs, mottos and colors reflect the past, present and future hopes of a country, and create an important image to the rest of the world. National symbols can include a mixture of things that are symbolic to a country such as animals, birds, flowers, trees, geographical features, tools of agriculture, crops, and tools of war. Here are some important facts on the symbols, songs and colors of Zimbabwe:

  • National symbol(s): Zimbabwe bird symbol, African fish eagle, flame lily

  • National colors: green, yellow, red, black and white

  • National Anthem/Song: Kalibusiswe Ilizwe leZimbabwe, also known as Simudzai Mureza WeZimbabwe (Translation: Blessed Be the Land of Zimbabwe)

  • National Holiday(s): Independence Day, 18 April (1980)

  • National Motto(s): Unity, Freedom, Work

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