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Official Name: Republic of Zimbabwe

Former Names: Southern Rhodesia and Rhodesia

Position: Landlocked in southeastern African -- bordered by South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, and Mozambique

Declared: November 11, 1965 from the United Kingdom, becoming White-ruled Rhodesia Recognized: April 18, 1980 from White-rule, becoming Zimbabwe

Current Population: 13.1 million

Area: 390,757 km2 / 150,871 square miles

Capital: Harare (Formerly Salisbury)

Languages: Zimbabwe has 16 official languages, with English, Shona, and Ndebele the most common.

National Groups:82% Shona, 14% Ndebele, 2% Other African, 1% White, and 1% Colored and Indian


Active Community: Harare and Bulawayo

Inactive Community: Midlands towns of Kadoma, Gweru, and Kweke; eastern town of Mutare

Jewish Population at its Height: 8000

Estimated Current-Day Jewish Population: Between 200 and 300

Operational Synagogues: Harare (2), Bulawayo, and at Mapakomhere within the Masvingo District

Cemeteries: Harare (2), Bulawayo, Kweke, and Kadoma