Country Profile - Zimbabwe

Name: The Republic of Zimbabwe

Location: Southern Africa

Time: IST (-) 3 1/2 hrs

Capital: Harare

Language: English (official), Shona, Sindebele (the language of the Ndebele, sometimes called Ndebele), numerous but minor tribal dialects

Area: 390,310 sq kms

Population: 12,084,304 (July 2011 est.)

National Day: 18 Apr (Independence Day)

Currency: Zimbabwe Dollar (ZWD)

Climate: Although located in the tropics, temperate conditions prevail all year, as the climate is moderated by altitude and the inland position of the country. The hot and dry season is from September to October, and the rainy season from November to March. The best months to visit are April to May and August to September. Night-time temperatures can fall below freezing.

Holidays: 1 Jan New Year's Day. 1 May Workers' Day. 8 Aug Heroes' Day. 12 Aug Defence Forces Day. 22 Dec Unity Day. 25 Dec Christmas Day. 26 Dec Boxing Day.

Airline Name: Air Zimbabwe (UM)

International Airports: Harare (HRE)Bulawayo (BUQ)Victoria Falls (VFA)