How Many Countries in Africa Begin With the Letter "Z"?

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There are two countries in Africa that begin with the letter Z: Zambia and Zimbabwe. As of 2014, Zambia has an estimated population of 15 million, while Zimbabwe has over 13.7 million inhabitants.

Zambia and Zimbabwe are neighboring countries with each other. While English is the primary language for Zambia and Zimbabwe, both countries are multilingual. Zimbabweans speak over 16 different languages, while Zambians converse in 73 different native tongues. Zambia became an independent nation from the United Kingdom on October 24, 1964. Zimbabwe also sought independence from Britain in November 1985, and became a sovereign nation on April 18, 1980.