1. Zimbabwe is thought to be the location of Ophir, the Biblical land from which King Solomon got ivory, gold, peacocks and other precious items.
2. Zimbabwe means “great house of stones” in the local Chishona language.
3. The Zimbabwe dollar was abandoned as its national currency in 2009 after hyperinflation had led to an inflation rate of 79.6 billion per cent.
4. At its peak in 2008, Zimbabwe issued 100trillion dollar banknotes.
5. Zimbabwe has won eight Olympic medals, one by the field hockey team and the other seven by swimmer Kirsty Coventry.
6. There is a strong belief in mermaids in Zimbabwe but they often have a bad reputation including kidnapping, torture and murder.
7. More than half the people in Zimbabwe are below the age of 21.
8. To Zimbabweans, a big stomach among men is a sign of wealth. It implies that they can afford meat daily.
9. The local name for Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe is “Mosi-oa-Tunya” (the smoke that thunders).
10. Zimbabweans call every toothpaste “Colgate” and every washing powder “Surf”.
Zimbabwe is a landlocked sovereign state located in southern Africa, between the Zambezi and Limpopo Rivers. It borders South Africa to the south, Botswana to the west, Zambia to the northwest, and Mozambique to the east and northeast. The capital and largest city is Harare.