- Official name: Republic of Zimbabwe
- Constitution: December 21, 1979
- Independence: from the United Kingdom - Rhodesia November 11, 1965 - Zimbabwe April 18, 1980
- Area: 390,757 sq km (150,872 sq mi)Population: 12,311,143 ((2007 est.) growth rate: 0.6%; birth rate: 27.7/1000; density per sq mi: 82
- Capital: Harare (formerly Salisbury)
- Languages: English (official), Shona, Sindebele.
- Official language: English
- Ethnic groups: Shona (71%), Ndebele (16%), other African, white, mixed and Asian.
- Religions: Christianity (75%), offshoot Christian sects, animist, and Muslim.
- Official religion: none
- Form of government: multiparty republic
- Head of state and government: President
- Major towns: Bulawayo, Chitungwiza, Mutare, Gweru, Kwekwe, Masvingo, Marondera
- Education: Attendance--mandatory for primary level. Adult literacy-90.5% (2004 est.)
- Main political parties: Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF); Movement for Democratic Change (MDC); United People's Party (UPP)
- Monetary unit: Zimbabwean dollar
- Economy: GDP (2006 est.): U.S. $407.4 million (World Bank est.).
- Real GDP growth rate: 5.1% (2006)
- Avg. inflation rate: 7,634.8% (year-on-year, July 2007, by official accounts; private sector estimates are roughly triple the official figure)
- Natural resources: Deposits of more than 40 minerals including ferrochrome, gold, silver, platinum, copper, asbestos; 19 million hectares of forest
- Agriculture: Corn, cotton, tobacco, wheat, coffee, tea, sugarcane, peanuts.
- Industry: Manufacturing, public administration, commerce, mining, transport and communication
- Exports: $1.766 billion f.o.b. (2006 est.): cotton, tobacco, gold, ferroalloys, textiles/clothing
- Imports: $2.055 billion f.o.b. (2006 est.): machinery and transport equipment, other manufactures, chemicals, fuels.
- Radio broadcast stations: AM 7, FM 20 (plus 17 repeater stations), shortwave 1 (1998). Radios: 1.14 million (1997)
- Television broadcast stations: 16 (1997). Televisions: 370,000 (1997). Internet Service Providers (ISPs): 6 (2000). Internet users: 1 million (2005)
- Ports and harbors: Binga, Kariba
- Airports: 430 (2002)
- International disputes: dormant dispute remains where Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe boundaries converge
- Climate: Mostly subtropical.