Botswana (Republic of Botswana)  

Landlocked country of gently rolling tableland, north of South Africa . Kalahari Desert in Southwest


Capital                              Gaborne

Form of Government        Parliamentary republic

Legal System                     Based on Roman-Dutch law and local customary law


Population                        1,561,973  (concentrated in eastern part of country)           

Area                                  600,370 sq km (slightly smaller than Texas)

Climate                             Semiarid; warm winters and hot summers


Nationality                        Batswana (Motswana in singular)

Ethnic groups                    Tswana 79%, Kalanga 11%, Basarwa 3%, other including white 7%

Major Languages              English (official), Setswana

Religions                            Indigenous beliefs 85%, Christian 15%

Currency                           pula (BWP)


Life Expectancy                30.76 years

Literacy                             79.8%

GDP/capita                       $9,000

Unemployment Rate         40%