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BOTSWANA AT A GLANCE

LOCATION WITHIN AFRICA

Botswana is centrally located in the heart of Southern Africa. It shares borders with Zambia in the north, Namibia in the north, west and northwest, Zimbabwe in the northeast and South Africa in the south and southeast. Botswana is centrally located in the Southern African region, making the country the perfect gateway to the Southern African Development Community (SADC), which has its headquarters in Gaborone.

AREA

Botswana has a surface area of 581,730 km2 of which 84% is the Kgalagadi Desert. 

HEAD OF STATE AND GOVERNMENT

 His Excellency President Mokgweetsi E.K.Masisi

FORM OF GOVERNMENT

The constitution Botswana adopted on September 30, 1966, provides for a republican form of government headed by the President, with three main organs of government, namely; the legislature, the executive and the judiciary. The legislature, which comprises the National Assembly and the President, acting in consultation on tribal matters, with the House of Chiefs, is the supreme authority in the Republic. Multiparty republic with elections every 5 years.

Independence Date: 30 September 1966

CAPITAL CITY

Gaborone is the capital and largest city of Botswana with a population of 231,626 (2011 census), about 10% of the total population of Botswana. Its greater metropolitan area is home to 421,907 inhabitants (2011 census). Gaborone covers an area of 169 km2.

NATIONALITY: PLURAL (Batswana) SINGULAR (Motswana)

 Plural (Batswana) singular (Motswana)

Official language: Setswana is the most widely spoken language in Botswana, by about 80% of inhabitants (2011) and is considered the national language. 

 

The official language in Botswana is English.

 

ADULT LITERACY RATE

The Literacy rate in Botswana was 84.5% in 2010 for adults aged 15 and older, according to the World Bank.

TIME

Standard time zone: UTC/GMT +2 hours

Time zone: CAT – Central Africa Time

  • Central Kalahari
  • Chobe National Park
  • Linyati Wetands
  • Makgadikgadi Pans,Kalahari
  • Maun
  • Moremi Wildlife Reserve
  • Savuti Area
  • The Okavango Delta
OTHER INFORMATION

Population: 2,411,000 Million(2021 est)

Motto:”Pula” tswana  word meaning “Rain”

Currency: Pula

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Masa square CBD Gaborone

Lethakane Diamond Mine

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PEOPLE & CULTURE

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GENERAL INFORMATION

GENERAL INFORMATION

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CLIMATE

CLIMATE

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LOCATION

Map of Botswana

POPULATION

Botswana 2011 - 2021 Population

TOURISM

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PALAPYE

PALAPYE

The Home of BIUST
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INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES

INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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