Zimbabwe, a landlocked country in southern Africa, is a place of great contrasts and beauty. From the majestic Victoria Falls to the vast savannas of Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe is a country that offers visitors a unique and unforgettable experience. But Zimbabwe is also a country with a troubled past and a challenging present, from its colonial history to its political and economic struggles. Despite its challenges, Zimbabwe is a place of resilience and creativity, with a vibrant arts scene and a rich cultural heritage that is reflected in its music, art, and cuisine. So join us on a journey to discover the many facets of Zimbabwe.
1-5 Fun Facts About Zimbabwe
1. The World Bank stopped tracking inflation in Zimbabwe in November 2008, as it had reached a staggering 79.6 billion percent. A year later, the country abandoned its currency, and the exchange rate was a whopping $35 quadrillion Zimbabwean dollars to USD 1.
2. In 2013, Zimbabwe’s national public account had only $217.
3. Canaan Banana, the first president of Zimbabwe, made it illegal to make jokes about his name in 1982. Gotta say, That’s too much power for one Banana 🙂
4. In 2012, the residents of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe were asked to flush their toilets at the same time twice a week to prevent sewer blockages.
5. In Zimbabwe and some other countries, there is a common belief that having sex with an albino woman can cure HIV, leading to sexual assaults and the spread of the disease.
6-10 Surprising Facts About Zimbabwe
6. The Vadoma, a tribe in Zimbabwe, have two toes on each foot, a condition that helps them climb trees. This genetic trait is thought to have been propagated by the tribal law that prohibits members from marrying outside the group due to their small genetic pool.
7. Zimbabwean white people who remained in the country after its independence in 1980 are referred to as “Zimbos.”
8. Zimbabwe holds the unfortunate distinction of having the world’s highest unemployment rate, with an estimated 95% of its population out of work.
9. However, Zimbabwe leads the African continent in adult literacy rates, with approximately 90% of its population considered literate.
10. In Zimbabwe, it is illegal for civilians to wear or possess camouflage clothing.
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11. It was once common for people in Zimbabwe to purchase used underwear until the government banned it.
12. Zimbabwe has 16 official languages, more than any other country in the world.
13. At the height of its inflation crisis in 2008, Zimbabwe released a 100 trillion dollar note.
14. Zimbabwe is among the countries with the highest rates of hunger in the world, ranking 156 out of 187 developing countries on the Global Hunger Index. It is due to its low-income status and food deficit.
15. The country is three times the size of England and is home to one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, Victoria Falls, named by David Livingstone after Queen Victoria.
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16. In Zimbabwe, brand names are not highly regarded. All toothpaste is referred to as Colgate and all drinks as Coke. Fanta is known as the orange flavor of coke.
17. Zimbabwe has the highest population of elephants in the world, After Botswana.
18. After being shot by poachers, an elephant named Ben walked to a medical lodge and patiently waited outside for five hours.
19. Friendship Benches, a program where peers offer an ear to people who suffer from depression, was first used in Zimbabwe and is now offered in New York City.
20. Zimbabwe’s former dictator Robert Mugabe tried to stop a critic of the country’s hyperinflation by imposing ridiculous taxes on his newspaper. In retaliation, the writer printed advertisements on trillion-dollar bills, which were cheaper than actual paper.
That’s it for this post guys, I hope you had fun while reading 20 Interesting Zimbabwe Facts For Kids.
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