Official English Name: Republic of Botswana
Common English Name: Botswana
Capital: Gaborone

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Official Language(s)

English
Secondary Languages: Setswana, Kalanga, Sekgalagadi

Resources

Diamonds, Copper, Nickel, Salt, Soda ash, Potash, Coal, Iron ore, Silver

Neighbors

South Africa (South), Zimbabwe (East), Zambia (Northeast), Namibia (West)

Ethnic groups

Tswana (79%), Kalanga (11%), Basarwa (3%)

People

Est. Population:

2,209,208

Demonym:

Motswana (singular)
Batswana (plural)

Religions:

Christian (71.6%)
Badimo (6%)

Largest City:

Gaborone (227,333)

Other Cities:

Francistown (100,079)

Geography

Region:

Southern Africa

Bodies of Water:

None (Landlocked)

Total Area:

581,730 km2 (97.4% land, 2.6% water)

Total Land:

4,347.1 km

Total Coastline:

0 km (Landlocked)

Climate

Semiarid

Terrain:

Predominantly flat
Rolling hills and desert in the southwest

Highest Point

Tsodilo Hills (1,489 m)

Lowest Point

Junction of Limpopo and Shashe Rivers (513 m)

Natural Disasters

Droughts
Sandstorms

Government

Type:

Parliamentary Republic

Head of State and Government:

President Ian Khama

Admin. Divisions

10 Districts
6 Town councils

Independence:

30 September 1966 (from the United Kingdom)

Nat'l Symbol:

Zebra

Nat'l Anthem:

Fatshe leno la rona

Economy

GDP Per Capita

$16,400 (USD)

Currency

P (Pula)

Exchange Rate

$1 (USD) = P (Pula)10.58

Communication

Internet Code

.bw

Telephone Code

+267

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Cultural Notes

Eye contact is considered rude and confrontational.

Sources

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/bc.html (Majority of information)
http://ecastats.uneca.org/aicmd/Portals/0/Census%202011%20Preliminary%20%20Brief%20Sept%2029%202011.pdf (City population)
Wolfram|Alpha (Currency exchange data)
Information accurate to best of ability as of 28 October 2016