35 Facts About Harare


Harare has the second-highest number of embassies in Southern Africa and serves as the location of the African headquarters of the World Health Organization, which it shares with Brazzaville.

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Harare has hosted multiple international conferences and events, including the 1995 All-Africa Games and the 2003 Cricket World Cup.

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However, by 1992, Harare began to experience an economic downturn and the government responded by enacting neoliberal reforms, which led to a boom in banking, finance and agriculture, while leading to significant job losses in manufacturing, thereby greatly increasing unemployment and income inequality.

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In 2009, Harare was voted to be the toughest city to live in according to the Economist Intelligence Unit's livability poll.

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In November 2017, the biggest demonstration in the history of the Republic of Zimbabwe was held in Harare, which led to the forced resignation of the long-serving 93-year-old President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, an event which was part of the first successful coup in Zimbabwe.

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Since 2000, Harare has experienced periods of spectacular decline, particularly in the 2000s, but since the Great Recession it has stabilised and experienced significant population growth, along with uneven economic growth.

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Harare sustained the highest population increase and urban development of any major Zimbabwean city since 2000, with other cities such as Bulawayo, Gweru and Mutare largely stagnating during the same period.

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Additionally, in 2020, Harare was classified as a Gamma city by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network.

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Harare is home to many Ndebele people and Kalanga people as well.

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The soils of Harare are reddish brown granular clay in northern and central areas, while some of the southern part has greyish brown sand over pale loamy sand or sandy loam.

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Northern and North Eastern suburbs of Harare are home to the more affluent population of the city including former president Robert Mugabe who lived in Borrowdale Brooke.

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Harare is often referred to as Zimbabwe's garden or sunshine city for its abundant parks and outdoor amenities.

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Harare's parks are often considered the best public parks in all of Zimbabwe's major cities.

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The extensive area covered by Harare is formally divided into hundreds of suburbs, along with independent municipalities such as Epworth, Mount Hampden, Norton and Chitungwiza within the greater metropolitan area.

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Rotten Row is a sub-district of downtown Harare that begins at the intersection of Prince Edward Street and Samora Machel Avenue and runs to the flyover where it borders Mbare on Cripps Road.

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Highlands is notable for its temperate micro-climate and being home of the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation, while Milton Park, Harare is an emerging, bohemian, mixed-use area with residential, commercial and entertainment venues.

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Under the Koppen climate classification, Harare has a subtropical highland climate, an oceanic climate variety.

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Harare has been the location of several international summits such as the 8th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement and Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 1991.

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In 1998, Harare was the host city of the 8th Assembly of the World Council of Churches.

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In 1995, Harare hosted most of the sixth All-Africa Games, sharing the event with other Zimbabwean cities such as Bulawayo and Chitungwiza.

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Harare hosted the ICC Cricket 2018 World Cup Qualifier matches in March 2018.

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Harare is Zimbabwe's leading financial, commercial, and communications centre, as well as an international trade centre for tobacco, maize, cotton, and citrus fruits.

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Harare has been the location of several international summits such as the 8th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement and Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 1991.

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In 1998, Harare was the host city of the 8th Assembly of the World Council of Churches.

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Harare is a relatively young city, which sprawled during the country's post-Federation and post-independence booms and was segregated along racial and class lines until 1980, resulting in a mostly low density urban area geared towards private motorists, lacking a convenient public transportation system.

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Harare has two kinds of taxis, metered taxis and the much more ubiquitous share taxis or 'kombis'.

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Harare is linked by long-distance bus services to most parts of Zimbabwe.

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Harare has long been regarded as Zimbabwe's sporting capital due to the role it has played in the development of Zimbabwean sport, the range and quality of its sporting events and venues, and its high rates of spectatorship and participation.

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Harare is home to Harare Sports Club ground, which hosts many Test, One Day Internationals and T20I Cricket matches.

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Harare is home to the Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League clubs, Dynamos F C, Harare City, Black Rhinos F C and CAPS United F C The main stadiums are National Sports Stadium and Rufaro Stadium.

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Harare is home to four of the country's national Super Six Rugby League clubs – Harare Sports Club, Old Georgians, Old Hararians and Old Miltonians.

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Notable internationals hailing from Harare include Tendai Mtawarira, Don Armand and Brian Mujati amongst numerous others.

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Harare is host to some of Zimbabwe's leading media outlets.

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Harare is well served by radio, with a number of the country's leading radio stations, maintaining a presence in the city.

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Harare has co-operation agreements and partnerships with the following towns:.

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