Special Notice

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office advises against all but essential travel to the whole of Zimbabwe based on the current assessment of Covid-19 risks.

Introduction

Summary

Independent republic in southern Central Africa.

Cities

Capital: Harare

Population

14.6 million

International Country Code

ZW

Language(s)

English, Shona, Sindebele (the language of the Ndebele, sometimes called Ndebele)

Religion

Christian, indigenous beliefs

Literacy Rate

83.6%

Weights and Measures

Metric system

Electricity Supply

220V, 50Hz

International Direct Dialling Code

00 263

Time

2 hours ahead of GMT.

Public Holidays

DateHoliday NameObservance
01 Jan 2021New Year's Day
21 Feb 2021Robert Gabriel Mugabe National Youth Day
22 Feb 2021Public Holiday
02 Apr 2021Good FridayEaster
03 Apr 2021Holy SaturdayEaster
04 Apr 2021EasterEaster
05 Apr 2021Easter MondayEaster
18 Apr 2021Independence Day
19 Apr 2021Public Holiday
01 May 2021Workers' Day
25 May 2021Africa Day
09 Aug 2021Heroes' Day
10 Aug 2021Defense Forces Day
22 Dec 2021National Unity Day
25 Dec 2021Christmas Day
26 Dec 2021Boxing Day
27 Dec 2021Public Holiday

Economy

Zimbabwe’s economy is expected to recover from a 7.4% contraction in 2020 with GDP growth of 2.5% in 2021.

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