Profile Of Botswana


     
Capital : Gaborone
   
Area : 582,000 sq. km (approx.)
     
Population :
2,030,728 (2011 est.) 
The total population growth in 2011 was estimated at a rate of 1.65% per annum. 
     
Goverment : Multi party Democracy
     
Official Languages :
English and Setswana, however other languages are spoken across the country.
     
Currency :
Pula (BWP) 

The Pula is divided into 100 thebe. Notes are P200, P100, P50. 
Coins are P5, P2 and thebe 50t, 25t, 10t and 5t.
     
Geography :
Botswana's surface area is 581,730 sq. km. It is entirely landlocked, bordered by South Africa in the south, Namibia in the west, Zambia in the north  and Zimbabwe in the north east. 84 per cent of the country is covered by Kalahari (Kgalagadi) desert. Most of the population is settled in the Eastern and South eastern parts of the country.
     
Climate :
Summer- November to March. High temperatures average 30 Degree Celsius to 35 Degree Celsius with lows around 18 Degree Celsius and rain particularly between December and March. 

Winter- May to July. Daytime temperatures around 23 Degree Celsius with night-time lows averaging 5 Degree Celsius.
     
Economy :
For over 30 years, Botswana's economy has been one of the fastest growing in the world. Botswana has transformed itself from one of the poorest countries in the world to a middle-income country with a per capita income of $16, 300. 00 in 2011.
     
GDP : US $ 30. billion in 2011.
     
Mining industries : Diamond, Copper, Nickel, Soda Ash, Potash, Coal, Iron Ore and Silver.
     
Major Exports : Diamond, Copper,Nickel, Soda Ash, Beef and Textiles.
     
Public Holidays :
1 January : New Year's Day
     
2 january : Public Holiday
     
March/April (varible) : Good Friday and Easter Monday
     
1 May : Labour Day
     
May (variable) : Ascension Day
     
1 July : Sir Seretse Khama Day
     
18 July : President's Day 
     
30 September : Independence Day 
     
1 December : Public Holiday
     
25 December : Christmas Day
     
26 December : Boxing Day
     


   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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