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Learn more about Botswana.
Flag of Botswana Botswana
Population: 1,561,973 (July 2004 est.)
Capital: Gaborone
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An Introduction to Botswana
Formerly the British protectorate of Bechuanaland, Botswana adopted its new name upon independence in 1966. Four decades of uninterrupted civilian leadership, progressive social policies, and significant capital investment have created one of the most dynamic economies in Africa. Mineral extraction, principally diamond mining, dominates economic activity, though tourism is a growing sector due to the country's conservation practices and extensive nature preserves. Botswana has one of the world's highest known rates of HIV/AIDS infection, but also one of Africa's most progressive and comprehensive programs for dealing with the disease.

Botswana map

Map of Botswana ( Location ) : 22 00 S, 24 00 E, Southern Africa, north of South Africa. For additional reports and educational information specific to Botswana, refer to the Country Info menubar to the upper right.

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Light blue with a horizontal white-edged black stripe in the center.

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Facts
Some interesting facts and figures about Botswana.

Pop Growth Rate / Year:
    • -0.89%

Avg. Life Expectancy:
    • 30.99 yrs - Male
    • 30.53 yrs - Female

Phone Lines:
    • 142,400 (2002)

Televisions:
    • 31,000 (1997)

Radios:
    • 237,000 (1997)

Internet Code:
    • .bw

Did you know ... People from Botswana are called Batswana
 

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Data Source: Central Intelligence Agency 2004 World Factbook