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Updated: Sep 9, 2022

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Country Name

Zimbabwe, officially the Republic of Zimbabwe, formerly Rhodesia.


Zimbabwe is a landlocked country located in Southern Africa. Zimbabwe is bordered by Zambia to the north, Botswana to the west, South Africa to the south, and Mozambique to the east.



Reason for Naming the country

There are two different theories that address the origin of the word.

Many sources believe that "Zimbabwe" derives from dzimba-dza-mabwe, translated from the Karanga dialect of Shona) a Bantu language as "houses of stones"

Archaeologist Peter Garlake claims that "Zimbabwe" represents a contracted form of dzimba-hwe, which means "venerated houses" in the Zezuru dialect of Shona and usually references chiefs' houses or graves.


The flag of Zimbabwe was adopted on 18 April 1980.

The flag consists of seven horizontal stripes of green, gold, red and black with a white triangle containing a red 5-pointed star with a Zimbabwe Bird.

Officially, the colors of the flag of Zimbabwe carry political, regional, and cultural meanings.

The Green color represents the agriculture and rural areas of Zimbabwe,

the Yellow stands for the wealth of minerals in the country, predominantly gold. The red color represents the bloodshed struggle for independence.

The black color represents the heritage, race, and ethnicity of the black

majority. The white triangle is a symbol of peace.

The golden bird, known as the "Great Zimbabwe Bird"(Hungwe) is the national symbol of Zimbabwe and is most likely a representation of the African fish eagle.