|Total area (square kilometres)||390,580|
|Official language||English is the official language, but Shona, Sindebele and numerous tribal dialects are also spoken|
|National currency||Dollars and cents|
|GNP per capita||620|
|Proportion of population living on less than US$1 a day||36%|
Robert Mugabe has been in power in Zimbabwe since it gained its independence from the UK in 1980. He has been the country's President since 1987.
Until 1980 Zimbabwe was known as Southern Rhodesia.