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Botswana

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The Republic of Botswana is a landlocked nation of southern Africa. Formerly the British protectorate of Bechuanaland, Botswana adopted its new name after becoming independent on September 30, 1966. It is bordered by South Africa to the south, Namibia to the west, Zambia to the north, and Zimbabwe to the northeast. The economy, closely tied to South Africa's, is dominated by cattle raising and mining. The capital is Gaborone.

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National motto: Pula (Rain)
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LanguagesEnglish (official), Setswana
CapitalGaborone
PresidentFestus Mogae
Area
 - Total
 - % water
Ranked 44th
600,370 km²
2.5%
Population
 - Total (2003)
 - Density
Ranked 144th
1,573,267
2.7/km²
Independence
 - Date
From UK
September 30, 1966
Currency Pula (BWP)
Time zone UTC+2
National anthem Fatshe leno la rona (Blessed Be This Noble Land)
Internet TLD.bw
Calling Code267

Table of contents
1 History
2 Politics
3 Districts
4 Geography
5 Economy
6 Demographics
7 Culture
8 Main population centers
9 Education
10 Miscellaneous topics

History

Main article: History of Botswana

Politics

Main article: Politics of Botswana

Districts

Main article: Districts of Botswana

Botswana is divided into 10 districts:

Geography

Main article:
Geography of Botswana

Economy

Main article: Economy of Botswana

Demographics

Main article: Demographics of Botswana

Culture

Main article: Culture of Botswana

See also: List of writers from Botswana

Holidays
DateEnglish NameLocal NameRemarks
January 1New Year's Day- 
January 2Public Holiday--
Second Friday of AprilGood Friday--
Second Monday of AprilEaster Monday--
May 20Ascension Day--
July 1Sir Seretse Khama --
July 19President's Day--
July 20Public Holiday--
first Monday after ChristmasPublic Holiday--

Main population centers

Education

Main article: Education in Botswana

Miscellaneous topics


Commonwealth of Nations
Antigua and Barbuda | Australia | Bahamas | Bangladesh | Barbados | Belize | Botswana | Brunei | Cameroon | Canada | Cyprus | Dominica | Fiji | The Gambia | Ghana | Grenada | Guyana | India | Jamaica | Kenya | Kiribati | Lesotho | Malawi | Malaysia | Maldives | Malta | Mauritius | Mozambique | Namibia | Nauru | New Zealand | Nigeria | Pakistan | Papua New Guinea | Saint Kitts and Nevis | Saint Lucia | Saint Vincent and the Grenadines | Samoa | Seychelles | Sierra Leone | Singapore | Solomon Islands | South Africa | Sri Lanka | Swaziland | Tanzania | Tonga | Trinidad and Tobago | Tuvalu | Uganda | United Kingdom | Vanuatu | Zambia


Africa
Algeria | Angola | Benin | Botswana | Burkina Faso | Burundi | Cameroon | Cape Verde | Central African Republic | Chad | Comoros | Democratic Republic of the Congo | Republic of the Congo | Côte d'Ivoire | Djibouti | Egypt | Equatorial Guinea | Eritrea | Ethiopia | Gabon | The Gambia | Ghana | Guinea | Guinea-Bissau | Kenya | Lesotho | Liberia | Libya | Madagascar | Malawi | Mali | Mauritania | Mauritius | Morocco | Mozambique | Namibia | Niger | Nigeria | Rwanda | São Tomé and Príncipe | Senegal | Seychelles | Sierra Leone | Somalia | South Africa | Sudan | Swaziland | Tanzania | Togo | Tunisia | Uganda | Zambia | Zimbabwe
Other areas
Canary Islands | Ceuta, Melilla, and other Spanish possessions | Madeira Islands | Mayotte | Réunion | Saint Helena | Western Sahara