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Republic of Botswana

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Location southern Africa
Bordered By
Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa

location of Botswana

Area 231,805 sq mi (600,372 sq km)
Highest Point Tsodilo Hill; 4,280 ft (1,305 m)
Lowest Point
junction of the Limpopo and Shashe Rivers; 1,683 ft (513 m)
Natural Resources
diamonds, copper, nickel, salt, soda ash, potash, coal, iron ore, silver

Nationality Batswana
Population (July 2014 est)
2,155,784
Largest Cities Gaborone, Francistown, Molepolole, Selebi-Phikwe
Ethnic Groups Tswana, Kalanga
Religions Christian
Languages Setswana, English (official)

Capital Gaborone
Form of Government parliamentary republic
Present Constitution Adopted September 30, 1966
Chief of State and Head of Government
President
Seretse Khama Ian Khama (since April 1, 2008)
Cabinet
appointed by the President
Legislature
bicameral Parliament
Judiciary
Court of Appeal, High Court
Local Administration
10 districts, 6 town councils

Currency pulas
Per Capita Income
$16,400
Industries
diamonds, copper, nickel, salt, soda ash, potash, coal, iron ore, silver, livestock processing, textiles
Agricultural Products
sorghum, maize, millet, beans, sunflowers, groundnuts; livestock
Export Commodities
diamonds, copper, nickel, soda ash, meat, textiles
Import Commodities
foodstuffs, machinery, electrical goods, transport equipment, textiles, fuel and petroleum products, wood and paper products, metal and metal products

Independence from the United Kingdom Achieved September 30, 1966
National Holiday
Independence Day; September 30
Flag
the blue symbolizes water in the form of rain, while the black and white bands represent racial harmony

flag of Botswana

SEE ALSO
Namibia
Zimbabwe
South Africa

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