An ethnically diverse country of roughly 13 million people, Zimbabwe has 16 official languages. They are a republic with a presidential system of government.
There are around 350 species of mammals that can be found in Zimbabwe. There are also many snakes and lizards, over 500 bird species, and 131 fish species. Given the current rate of deforestation, Zimbabwe's natural woodland is expected to disappear by 2065.
Victoria Falls, one of the world's biggest and most spectacular waterfalls, is located in the country's northwest as part of the Zambezi river.
Like in many African countries, the majority of Zimbabweans depend on a few staple foods. "Mealie meal", also known as cornmeal, is used to prepare sadza or isitshwala, as well as porridge known as bota or ilambazi. This is usually eaten as lunch or dinner, usually with sides such as gravy, vegetables, beans and meat that has been stewed, grilled, roasted or sun-dried. Rice, pasta, and potato based foods also make up part of Zimbabwean cuisine.
An estimated 80% of the country's citizens identify themselves as Christians. Protestant and Evangelical Christians are the 63% of the population.
Mineral exports, gold, agriculture, and tourism are the main foreign currency earners of Zimbabwe
Football (soccer) is the most popular sport in Zimbabwe, although rugby union and cricket also have a following, traditionally among the white minority. Zimbabwe has won eight Olympic medals, one in field hockey and seven in swimming. Other sports played in Zimbabwe are basketball, volleyball, netball, and water polo, as well as squash, motorsport, martial arts, chess, cycling, polocrosse, kayaking and horse racing.