Inflation in Zimbabwe hits 100,000%

Inflation in Zimbabwe hits 100,000%

by Roman on May 24, 2008

You’ve probably heard about rising fears about inflations in the US and pretty much all the countries in the world. Current inflation in USA is about 4%.

How bad can it get?

Meet Zimbabwe

This Southern African country currently boasts inflation over 100,000%. What does this mean?

With inflation at 4% it takes 18 years for money to lose half of its value. By using the rule of 72 we can calculate that with inflation at 100,000% it takes about 6 hours and 20 minutes for your 100 dollars to become $50.

With inflation this high it means that when you leave your shopping for the next day you have effectively lost 93,75% of your money.

Germany in the 1920-s

In 1922 and 1923 Germany went through it’s worse inflation. According to Wikipedia in 1922, its highest denomination was 50,000 Mark. By 1923, the highest denomination was 100,000,000,000,000 Mark. In December of 1923 the exchange rate from marks to US dollars was 4,000,000,000,000:1. During the worst times, one U.S. dollar was equal to 80 billion Mark.

Here are some pictures about living with hyperinflation


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{ 11 comments }

Chicken Noodle Soup May 24, 2008 at 7:46 pm

Do you know what kinda of prices Zimbabwe has right now? And is that 60 million Zimbabwe dollars even worth much with their inflation state?

Adam Primero May 24, 2008 at 9:31 pm

Now I can say Good Morning Roman :-) Thats a little frustrating, all these people in America working so hard to become a millionaire. When all they have to do is move to Zimbabwe.
Post request Roman. Can you define “recession”? If I do it, it will seem like a political post. I’m with Switzerland on that one.

Why is Zimbabwe suffering from hyper inflation?

Mark May 26, 2008 at 6:43 am

Zimbabwe is not a South African country, South Africa is a country on it’s own. Zimbabwe is, however, a ‘Southern African’ country.

Roman May 26, 2008 at 8:03 am

Thanks for the comment – I changed it to “Southern African!”
However I’m still thinking that South African was fine :lol:

Pieter May 27, 2008 at 3:39 pm

Nope, as a South African referring to Zimbabwe as South African is defintely a no-no, especially with their economic meltdown and the consequential impact on South Africa – Southern African country is correct.

BTW, the inflation is officially 165 000% but according to independant sources it is now over 1000000 % (1 Million).

See Associated Press

Roman May 27, 2008 at 4:41 pm

Thanks for keeping me updated Pieter! Maybe I should add one 0 to my post headline! :lol:

Drake January 10, 2009 at 7:21 pm

On the 10th or January 2009, their inflation was 231,000,000% (231 Million).
And the exchange rate was 1 USD – 25,000,000,000 Zimbabwe dollars.

Roman January 10, 2009 at 10:39 pm

Thanks for the update Drake!
Hopefully I will get some time to write an update on this :)

edwin January 31, 2009 at 4:09 am

Now that the Zimbabwean regime has allowed the use of foreign currencies in domest transactions, there’s hope for economy recovery (willingness to work).

Collins October 8, 2009 at 9:08 pm

It’s somehow confusing,I think the south Africans should change the name of their country to some thing else maybe “wack” Africa so there woun’t be mis-understanding in this South or Southern Africa stuff.

Tenant Loan August 26, 2010 at 2:21 am

Thanks Roman, For sharing the interesting financial news, i like you all posts, Every post have some unique fact and interesting thing.

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