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Botswana

Botswana
Standards
Road Traffic:left side
Electricity:
Voltage:231V
Frequency:50 Hz
Plug types:G, M,
TV Systems:
System:PAL I
DVD-Region: 5
Geography

Location:
Southern Africa, north of South Africa
Area:
total: 600,370 sq km
land: 585,370 sq km
water: 15,000 sq km
Climate:
semiarid; warm winters and hot summers
Terrain:
predominantly flat to gently rolling tableland; Kalahari Desert in southwest
Economy
GDP: $17.24 billion (2005 est.)
GDP growth rate: 4.5% (2005 est.)
GDP per capita: $10,500 (2005 est.)
Inflation rate: 8.6% (2005 est.)
Currency: pula (BWP)
Exchange rates:
pulas per US dollar - 5.1104 (2005), 4.6929 (2004), 4.9499 (2003), 6.3278 (2002), 5.8412 (2001)
People
Population:
note: estimates for this country explicitly take into account the effects of excess mortality due to AIDS; this can result in lower life expectancy, higher infant mortality and death rates, lower population and growth rates, and changes in the distribution of population by age and sex than would otherwise be expected (July 2006 est.)
Growth rate: -0.04% (2006 est.)
Religions:
Christian 71.6%, Badimo 6%, other 1.4%, unspecified 0.4%, none 20.6% (2001 census)
Languages:
Setswana 78.2%, Kalanga 7.9%, Sekgalagadi 2.8%, English 2.1% (official), other 8.6%, unspecified 0.4% (2001 census)
Government
Capital:
name: Gaborone
time difference: UTC+2 (7 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
Independence:
30 September 1966 (from UK)


Note: Information on Botswana was mainly sourced from CIA's World Factbook and may represent an American point of view. To learn more about Botswana, please visit one of the links below.


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