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Zimbabwe People

    Population: 11,163,160 (July 1999 est.)

    Age structure:
    0-14 years: 43% (male 2,432,785; female 2,389,029)
    15-64 years: 54% (male 2,986,531; female 3,059,186)
    65 years and over: 3% (male 132,532; female 163,097) (1999 est.)

    Population growth rate: 1.02% (1999 est.)

    Birth rate: 30.64 births/1,000 population (1999 est.)

    Death rate: 20.43 deaths/1,000 population (1999 est.)

    Net migration rate: NA migrant(s)/1,000 population
    note: there is a small but steady flow of Zimbabweans into South Africa in search of better paid employment

    Sex ratio:
    at birth: 1.03 male(s)/female
    under 15 years: 1.02 male(s)/female
    15-64 years: 0.98 male(s)/female
    65 years and over: 0.81 male(s)/female
    total population: 0.99 male(s)/female (1999 est.)

    Infant mortality rate: 61.21 deaths/1,000 live births (1999 est.)

    Life expectancy at birth:
    total population: 38.86 years
    male: 38.77 years
    female: 38.94 years (1999 est.)

    Total fertility rate: 3.71 children born/woman (1999 est.)

    Nationality:
    noun: Zimbabwean(s)
    adjective: Zimbabwean

    Ethnic groups: African 98% (Shona 71%, Ndebele 16%, other 11%), white 1%, mixed and Asian 1%

    Religions: syncretic (part Christian, part indigenous beliefs) 50%, Christian 25%, indigenous beliefs 24%, Muslim and other 1%

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

    Literacy:
    definition: age 15 and over can read and write English
    total population: 85%
    male: 90%
    female: 80% (1995 est.)

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