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  • Official Name: Republic of Zimbabwe
  • Government Type: Parliamentary democracy
  • Capital: Harare
  • Other Major Cities/Regions: Biebrige, Kariba, Binga, Buluwayo, Ngweru, Mutare
  • Size: 390,580 sq km
  • Climate: Tropical; moderated by altitude; rainy season (November to March)
  • Terrain: mostly high plateau with higher central plateau (high veld); mountains in east
  • Population: 12,311,000
  • Ethnic Groups: 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%, Muslim and other 1%
  • Language: English (official), Shona, Sindebele (the language of the Ndebele, sometimes called Ndebele), numerous but minor tribal dialects