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Capital: Gabarone

Government: Parliamentary Republic

Current President: Seretse Khama Ian Khama


  • Botswana has enjoyed one of the fastest growth rates per capita income in the world since independence.
  • Since 1980’s, the country has been the world’s largest producer of gem-quality diamonds.  As such, diamond mining will continue to be the mainstay of Botswana’s economy, with known current reserves sufficient for at least the next 20 years.

Population: 2,155,784 (2014)

Land Size: 581,730 sq km (224,607 sq miles)

Major Ethic Groups:

  • Tswana (or Setswana): 79%
  • Kalanga: 11%
  • Basarwa: 3%
  • Other, including Kgalagadi and white: 7%

  • Christian: 71.6%
  • Badimo(indigenous African religion): 6%
  • Other: 1.4%
  • Unspecified: 0.4%
  • None: 20.6%


  • Setswana: 78.2%
  • Kalanga: 7.9%
  • Sekgalagadi: 2.8%
  • English (official): 2.1%
  • Other: 8.6%
  • Unspecified: 0.4%



  • Thu - Nov 23, 2017: Khama Says Zimbabwe Has Potential to Turnaround - AllAfrica News: Botswana
    [The Source] Botswana President Ian Khama says Zimbabwe has potential and capacity to recover quickly following the fall of Robert Mugabe, its autocratic ruler for 37 years seen as an impediment to foreign investment.
  • Thu - Nov 23, 2017: Botswana Lifts Travel Advisory - AllAfrica News: Botswana
    [Botswana Daily News] Gaborone -The Government of Botswana wishes to inform its citizens that it is lifting its advisory on Travel to Zimbabwe issued a week ago.
  • Thu - Nov 23, 2017: Spatial Planning Facilitates Development - Permanant Secretary - AllAfrica News: Botswana
    [Botswana Daily News] Gaborone -Permanent secretary in the Ministry of Land Management, Water and Sanitation Services, Mr Thato Raphaka says Botswana has established a system of spatial planning that facilitates development.
  • Thu - Nov 23, 2017: Soccer - Sankoyo Go Past GU - AllAfrica News: Botswana
    [Botswana Daily News] Maun -After engaging a psychologist to motivate Sankoyo Bush Bucks boys, whose morale was dampen by four loses in a row, assistant coach, Tiiso Gadimang is optimistic that his boys will display better performance in their remaining encounters.
  • Thu - Nov 23, 2017: Graca Machel Urges Better Nutrition for Mothers, Children - AllAfrica News: Botswana
    [allAfrica] Cape Town -One of every four children under five years old in southern Africa suffers from stunted growth in that they are too short for their age, often as a result of inadequate nutrition.