Botswana Identity Card

Country name:
~ conventional long form: Republic of Botswana
~ conventional short form: Botswana
~ former: Bechuanaland
Area: 600,370 sq km
Coastline: 0 km (landlocked)
Highest point: Tsodilo Hills 1,489 m
Population: 1,640,115
Density: 2/Km2
Population growth rate: 0%
Languages: Setswana, English
Religions: Christian 71.6%, Badimo 6%, other 22.4%
Government type: Parliamentary republic
Capital: Gaborone
GDP - per capita: $9,200
Inflation rate: 7%
Currency (code): pula (BWP)
Vehicle Country Id-Code: RB
Calling code: +267
Internet country code: .bw
Time Zone: GMT +2.0H


Botswana is a technicolour dreamscape where the beauty unravels within the swirling apricot dunes of the majestic Kalahari Desert. If the captivating views of the desert regions are not your forte, this country offers you the exclusive experience of the enormous salt pans. A land of several geological wonders, Botswana is a landlocked country located in southern part of the African continent. Its topography is dominated by the arid stretches of Kalahari Desert that takes away nearly 70% of the land area. Another amazing feature of Botswana is the Okavango Delta region, the world's largest inland delta. Located in the northwest Botswana, it is basically the outlet point of Okavango River that goes on to create the Lake Ngami by flowing in about 11 billion cubic meters of water each year. The Makgadikgadi Pan is the largest salt pan of the country, a glaring example of extreme case of evaporation.
Botswana derives its name from its ethnic tribe of Tswana who have inhabited the region for centuries. Formerly recognised as the British Protectorate of Bechuanaland, the country gained complete sovereignty on September 30, 1966. Today Botswana is respected as Africa's oldest democracy and is member of international organisations such as the United Nations, the Commonwealth of Nations and the African Union (AU).




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