|Republic of Botswana
Lefatshe la Botswana.
|Motto: Pula (Rain)|
|Anthem: Fatshe leno la rona
(This Land of Ours)
and largest city
|-||Vice President||Mompati Merafhe|
|-||from the United Kingdom||30 September 1966|
|-||Total||581,730 km2 (47th)
224,610 sq mi
|-||2010 estimate||2,029,307 (144th)|
|GDP (PPP)||2010 estimate|
|GDP (nominal)||2010 estimate|
|HDI (2010)|| 0.633
medium · 98th
|Time zone||Central Africa Time (UTC+02)|
|-||Summer (DST)||not observed (UTC)|
|Drives on the||left|
Geography[change | change source]
Culture[change | change source]
People from Botswana are called Batswana. The population of Botswana is about 1.8 million. This is only 2.7 persons per km², a small number for a country of this size. This is because most of the country is desert and very dry.
Botswana is a democracy. The people vote for their political leaders. Those leaders vote for the president. In 2008 Ian Khama became the current president of Botswana. President Khama won elections in 2009 and 2014.
Economy[change | change source]
Botswana's economy comes mostly from mining. This includes diamonds, metals (including copper) and minerals (including salt). Botswana is the highest producer of diamonds by value in the world. In 1999, Botswana produced over 30 million carats (6,000 kg) of diamonds from the three Debswana mines. That is about 25% of worldwide production.
Related pages[change | change source]
References[change | change source]
- "Office of the President (OP)". Government of Botswana. Retrieved 30 October 2016.
- Central Intelligence Agency (2009). "Botswana". The World Factbook. Retrieved 3 February 2010.
- "Botswana". International Monetary Fund. Retrieved 2011-04-21.
- "Distribution of family income – Gini index". The World Factbook. CIA. Retrieved 2009-09-01.
- "Human Development Report 2010" (PDF). United Nations. 2010. Retrieved 5 November 2010.
- "Botswana diamonds". Know Botswana.com. Retrieved December 24, 2014.
- "XE: Convert USD/BWP. United States Dollar to Botswana Pula". www.xe.com. Retrieved 2017-05-17.
Other websites[change | change source]
- Botswana Newspapers
- Media related to Botswana at Wikimedia Commons
- Botswana travel guide from Wikivoyage