An independent country situated in southeastern Africa, bounded on the west by Botswana, on the north by the Zambesi River, which separates it from Zambia, on the east by Mozambique, and on the south by the Republic of South Africa. It has an area of 150,803 square miles (390,580 square kilometers) and a population (1994) of 10.9 million. Shona and Sindebele are the main African languages. The largest concentration of people live in the cities of Harare, Bulawayo, Umtali, and Gweru. Agriculture is the chief occupation of the people, with maize, tobacco, peanuts, and cotton the main crops. Recently industry has gained prominence and is now competing for first place. Mining is also important. Asbestos, gold, chromium, coal, and copper are the principal exports. The country was opened to Euro...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.

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