Imports$4.37 billion (2011 est.)
Exports$2.932 billion (2011 est.)
Inflation rate (consumer prices)5.4% (2011 est.)
Unemployment rate95% (2009 est.)
GDP - per capita (PPP)$500 (2011 est.)
National product real growth rate4.1% (2010 est.)
Internet users1.423 million (2009)
Telephones - mobile cellular7.5 million (2009)
Population growth rate4.357% (2012 est.)
Population12,619,600 (July 2012 est.)
About this country
The UK annexed Southern Rhodesia from the [British] South Africa Company in 1923.
A 1961 constitution was formulated that favored whites in power.
In 1965 the government unilaterally declared its independence, but the UK did not recognize the act and demanded more complete voting rights for the black African majority in the country (then called Rhodesia).
The government of Zimbabwe faces a wide variety of difficult economic problems.
Its 1998-2002 involvement in the war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo drained hundreds of millions of dollars from the economy.
The government's land reform program, characterized by chaos and violence, has badly damaged the commercial farming sector, the traditional source of exports and foreign exchange and the provider of 400,000 jobs, turning Zimbabwe into a net importer of food products.
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