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The country of Zimbabwe is one of the most economically developed on the African continent A fairly young political entity Zimbabwe has only enjoyed recognized autonomy since 1980 the year in which the United Kingdom repealed its imperialistic claims to the African nation Despite its youth the country has achieved a level of economic development uncharacteristic of sub-Saharan African nations Second only to South Africa in economic development Zimbabwes economic system is one indicative of a transitional country a country making the transition from dependency underdevelopment to self-reliant industrialization Zimbabwe is a landlocked country in the southern sub-Saharan area of the African continent bordered by South Africa to the South Botswana to the West Mozambique to the East and Zambia to the North With an area of 391090 km Zimbabwe is only slightly larger than the state of Colorado Harare is Zimbabwes capital and largest city with a population of 1100000 Containing vast amounts of rare mineralogical resources and possessing a favorable growing climate Zimbabwes economy is drawn almost equally between the mining of minerals 22 billion and the production of staples and cash crops 21 billionZimbabweans are comprised of two primary ethnic groups the Shona comprising 74 of the population and the Ndebele comprising 20 Other ethnic black groups and Asians make up 4 of the population while whites make up just over 1 of the population Zimbabwe has a population of 1035 million people with a population density of 24 persons per km 1992 census figures estimate Zimbabwes growth at 30 with 90 of this growth rate within the Shona group This 30 growth is quite rapid given its relation to the countries declining annual growth rate of -15Zimbabwes history dates back to the 9th century AD the believed period in which many great buildings were built buildings clearly indicative of an early and great civilization Of the many sites the most impressive is the Great Stone House or Great Zimbabwe the source
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