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About Botswana in detail
Where is Botswana?
Botswana, in case, if you are looking on the map under the Coordinates 24 38 S 25 54 E otherwise in Africa, in Southern Africa, north of South Africa.
What is the capital city of Botswana?
The capital city of Botswana is: Gaborone.
What is the time in Gaborone?
It is 7 hours ahead of Washington, D.C. during Standard Time, the timezone of Gaborone is: UTC+2.
What is the Internet code for Botswana?
The Top Level Domain (TLD) for Botswana is: .bw
What is the size of Botswana?
The territory of Botswana is total: 581,730 sq km; land: 566,730 sq km, water: 15,000 sq km.
If we want to describe the size of the territory of Botswana is slightly smaller than Texas.
If we would like to walk around and discover Botswana, we can do that by covering a distance of total: 4,347.15 km.
What is the water coverage of Botswana?
We have already mentioned on this website, that what percentage of Botswana is covered by water (see below), and this includes 0 km (landlocked country) coastline.
What is the climate like in Botswana?
The climate of Botswana is semiarid: warm winters and hot summers.
Geographical data of Botswana
The elevation of Botswana; mean elevation: 1,013 m, elevation extremes; lowest point: junction of the Limpopo and Shashe Rivers 513 m, highest point: Tsodilo Hills 1,489 m.
The typical geographical details of Botswana include predominantly flat to gently rolling tableland; Kalahari Desert in southwest.
If we would like to describe the countries location from a different point of view, it is safe to say, and easy to read from a map, Botswana is landlocked country; population concentrated in eastern part of the country.
Resources and land use of Botswana
The country’s main mined products are diamonds, copper, nickel, salt, soda ash, potash, coal, iron ore, silver. The population partly uses the earlier highlighted land territory and partly left in its natural state: agricultural land: 45.8%; arable land 0.6%; permanent crops 0%; permanent pasture 45.2%; forest: 19.8%; other: 34.4% (2011 estimate).
Population data of Botswana
The number of inhabitants of Botswana is 2,209,208 (July 2016 estimate).
If we examine the proportion of the population distribution, it is safe to say that N/A.
If we are looking at the proportion of the urbanized and barely populated areas, these are the figures: urban population: 57.4% of the total population (2015).
Most of the population in Botswana is concentrated in GABORONE (capital) 247,000 (2014).
Ethnicity in Botswana
According to ethnicity details, the ethnic groups in this country are the following: Tswana (or Setswana) 79%, Kalanga 11%, Basarwa 3%, other, including Kgalagadi and white 7%.
Spoken languages in Botswana
The spoken languages in Botswana are the following: Setswana 77.3%, Sekalanga 7.4%, Shekgalagadi 3.4%, English (official language) 2.8%, Zezuru/Shona 2%, Sesarwa 1.7%, Sembukushu 1.6%, Ndebele 1%, other 2.8% (2011 estimate).
What are the most important religions in Botswana?
During the general census, researchers examine the churches, according to this: Christian 79.1%, Badimo 4.1%, other 1.4% (includes Baha’i, Hindu, Muslim, Rastafarian), none 15.2%, unspecified 0.3% (2011 estimate).
Further population data of Botswana
The proportion of gender and age tells a lot about the society as follows 0-14 years: 32.4% (male 364,807 / female 350,888) 15-24 years: 21.32% (male 234,251 / female 236,650) 25-54 years: 37.61% (male 444,290 / female 386,622) 55-64 years: 4.55% (male 45,186 / female 55,272) 65 years and over: 4.13% (male 36,216 / female 55,026) (2016 estimate). It also a significant factor in a society the population growth rate, which in the case of Botswana is 1.19% (2016 estimate).
The population growth rate based on two elements, the birth, and the death rate. In Botswana the birth rate is 20.7 births / 1,000 population (2016 estimate), the death rate 13.3 deaths / 1,000 population (2016 estimate).
In this day and age in developed societies, the first child borns later compared to the previous centuries and decades, so childbearing is extended. In Botswana, the average age of mothers at the first childbirth is .
In the best-case scenario, although the birth of the children postponed, the parents are still able to see their kids grow as life expectancy also extended. In the case of Botswana, these figures are. With the introduction of modern medicine, vaccinations, and the proper hygienic conditions, the infant mortality rate is in a steep decline. The infant mortality statistics in Botswana are the following: . Relevant data is the budget of healthcare, which is in the case of this country is 5.4% of GDP (2014).
Economic data of Botswana
If we would like to describe a country, we also have to mention its economy; Until the global recession, Botswana maintained one of the world’s highest economic growth rates since independence in 1966. Diamond mining fueled much of the expansion and currently accounts for one quarter of GDP, approximately 85% of export earnings, aBotswana’s economy is highly correlated with global economic trends because of its heavy reliance on a single luxury export. According to official government statistics, unemployment is 19.5%, but unofficial estimates run much higher. De Beers, a major inFollowing the 2008 global recession Botswana’s economy recovered in 2010. In the time since then, the economy grew modestly. This was primarily due to the downturn in the global diamond market; water and power shortages also played a role. In October 2015The prevalence of HIV/AIDS is second highest in the world and threatens the country’s impressive economic gains.
GDP is a prominent figure, as all the relevant calculations and statistics based on it. GDP in Botswana is $10.95 billion (2015 estimate).
Another important indicator is the rate of the GDP growth, which in Botswana is 3.1% (2016 estimate) -0.3% (2015 estimate) 3.2% (2014 estimate).
These statistics are affecting the world economy; remember in 2015, when the Chinese real GDP growth rate was worse than expected; The world markets fall, and the Chinese stock exchange temporally suspended.
A further major factor of a country’s economy, the GDP per capita. In Botswana this is $16,900 (2016 estimate) $16,600 (2015 estimate) $16,900 (2014 estimate).
In the case of the economy, the Trinity is in common places, such as agriculture, industry, and services.
What are the agricultural products Botswana produces?
The main agricultural products of Botswana are livestock, sorghum, maize, millet, beans, sunflowers, groundnuts.
Regarding the economy, the important segments are diamonds, copper, nickel, salt, soda ash, potash, coal, iron ore, silver; livestock processing; textiles. The crucial and regularly mentioned GDP is based on diamonds, copper, nickel, salt, soda ash, potash, coal, iron ore, silver; livestock processing; textiles.
Drinking water source in Botswana
It is important to mention, that – thanks to the development of the infrastructure -, the rate of potable water improved: urban: 99.2% of the population, rural: 92.3% of the population, total: 96.2% of the population. Unimproved: urban: 0.8% of the population, rural: 7.7% of the population, total: 3.8% of the population (2015 estimate).
The average number of childbirth in Botswana
In Botswana, the average number of delivery is 2.3 children born / woman (2016 estimate).
Population, median age, migration, and citizenship in Botswana
The average age of the population is total: 23.2 years; male: 23.4 years, female: 23.1 years (2016 estimate). The age of adulthood varies in every country of the world in Botswana it is 18 years of age, universal.
In this age, when we are experiencing an unprecedented scale of migration and globalization, it is an important factor the number of new coming immigrants. In Botswana is 4.5 migrant(s) / 1,000 population (2016 estimate). It is important to know, how to apply for citizenship: citizenship by birth: no. Citizenship by descent only: at least one parent must be a citizen of Botswana. Dual citizenship recognized: no. Residency requirement for naturalization: 10 years.
Is Botswana a safe destination? Healthcare services and infectious diseases in Botswana
Many of the travelers are looking into the healthcare services and infectious diseases of their destinations. In Botswana density of the hospital beds is 1.8 beds / 1,000 population (2010).
According to WHO rating regarding contagious diseases in Botswana the degree of risk: highfood or waterborne diseases: bacterial diarrhea, hepatitis A, and typhoid fevervectorborne disease: malaria (2016).
However, HIV is not curable but maintainable. Let’s do not forget when the disease surfaced it was a world threatening condition. Unfortunately, in some countries, it is still very high the number of infected patients and fatalities as a result of the disease.
In Botswana the number of HIV/AIDS deaths: N/A.
Regarding tourism obesity, not an important issue, but we have to mention among the health statistics, as it is the plague of the 20th and the 21st century. The rate of obese adults in Botswana is 19.5% (2014).
What are the natural hazards in Botswana? Is there any?
The most known natural risks in Botswana are periodic droughts; seasonal August winds blow from the west, carrying sand and dust across the country, which can obscure visibility.
More interesting facts about Botswana
A few words about the past, as every country and society, is connected to its history; Formerly the British protectorate of Bechuanaland, Botswana adopted its new name at independence in 1966. More than four decades of uninterrupted civilian leadership, progressive social policies, and significant capital investment have created one of the most stable economies in Africa. The ruling Botswana Democratic Party has won every election since independence; President Ian KHAMA was reelected for a second term in 2014. Mineral extraction, principally diamond mining, dominates economic activity, though tourism is a growing sector due to the country’s conservation practices and extensive nature preserves. Botswana has one of the world’s highest known rates of HIV/AIDS infection, but also one of Africa’s most progressive and comprehensive programs for dealing with the disease.
In every nation’s memory, some cornerstones placed the country on the timeline of history. The date of declaration of independence of Botswana: 30 September 1966 (from the UK).
The flag and other symbols of Botswana
The colors, symbols, and animals on the flag usually have a historical background or related to an important milestone or memory of the nation.
This case is not an exception either, light blue with a horizontal white-edged black stripe in the center; the blue symbolizes water in the form of rain, while the black and white bands represent racial harmony.
Apart from the flag, the symbol of national unity is the national anthem. The primary purpose of the anthem is to share the nation’s core values, endeavors, and patriotic feelings.
National symbols of Botswana: zebra; national colors: blue, white, black.
Constitution of Botswana
The existence of the nation based on the constitution. Some constitutions knew around the world, like the U.S. Constitution that accepted on 17th of September 1787, in Philadelphia, the Constitution of the United States of America.
It is not related to the declaration of independence that was stolen by Nicolas Cage in the movie National Treasure 🙂
What is the legal system of Botswana?
Most of the time, the legal system of a country is in the focus of lawyers. It is a common fact that there are two main approaches in the world, “the law in books” and “the law in action.”
In the Anglo-Saxon world, the practice is the “law in action” while in the rest of the world where the law based on Roman law, the “law in books.”
The legal system of Botswana is mixed legal system of civil law influenced by the Roman-Dutch model and also customary and common law.
It was Aristotle who founded the Theory of 3 separations of powers. In his view, these are the council of public affairs, the magistrates, and the justice system. In the age of enlightenment was the time when terminologies have defined the way we still use them. In most democratic countries, the three authorities separated from each other. In dictatorships, the authorities usually interweaved in one hand.
About the legislative branch of Botswana, we can highlight the following structures unicameral Parliament consists of the National Assembly (63 seats; 57 members directly elected in single-seat constituencies by simple majority vote, 4 nominated by the president and indirectly elected by simple majority vote by the rest of the National Assembly, and 2 ex-officio members – the president and attorney general; elected members serve 5-year terms); note – the House of Chiefs (Ntlo ya Dikgosi), an advisory body to the National Assembly, consists of 35 members – 8 hereditary chiefs from Botswana’s principal tribes, 22 indirectly elected by the chiefs, and 5 appointed by the president; the House of Chiefs consults on issues including powers of chiefs, customary courts, customary law, tribal property, and constitutional amendmentselections: National Assembly elections last held on 24 October 2014 (next to be held in October 2019)election results: percent of vote by party – BDP 46.5%, UDC 30.0%, BCP 20.4%, independent 3.1%; seats by party – BDP 37, UDC 17, BCP 3.
About the unemployment rate, labor force, and poverty line in Botswana
One of the major problems of the 21st-century economy is unemployment. Governments are struggling to maintain a low level of unemployment rate. Still, as a result of automation, the cheap 3rd world labor and the outsourcing of workflow, these attempts are failing. In Botswana the labor force is 1.177 million (2016 estimate). Please bear in mind that the population in Botswana is total: 8.6 deaths / 1,000 live births; male: 8.9 deaths / 1,000 live births, female: 8.3 deaths / 1,000 live births (2016 estimate) – as we already mentioned above.
The rate of unemployment in Botswana is 20% (2013 estimate).
Widely known that the gap between the rich and poor is widening on an enormous scale.
According to the 2017 shocking Oxfam report, the richest eight people’s fortune is equal to the wealth of the poorest half of the world’s population.
In Botswana, the income of the households and consumption compared to the entire population: lowest 10%: NA% highest 10%: NA%.
Another widely used indicator is the so-called GINI index, which measures the inequalities of statistical dispersion, but mainly used for measuring the sharing of income and fortune.
The GINI index named after its founder Corrado Gini, an Italian economist. Gini index has grades between 0-1, but often it is used on a percentage basis. It is 0 if the examined criteria territorial distribution is equal. It is one of the criteria concentrated on the territory. In Botswana, the GINI index is .60,5 (2009).
The states usually set up a poverty line, which is more or less, is a subjective measure. It varies by country; its base is often the minimum pension, the incomes of the most deficient 20 percent, the X percent of income per capita Etc.
In Botswana, the people living under the poverty line are the lowest 10%: NA% highest 10%: NA%.
About the budget and central governments debt of Botswana
The available budget mainly defines the state’s economy. The budget of Botswana is; revenues: $4.69 billion, expenditures: $5.306 billion (2016 estimate). Taxes and other revenues are 42.8% of GDP (2016 estimate).
The budget deficit (Budget surplus (+) or deficit (-)) is .
The fiscal year in Botswana is 1 April – 31 March.
In the country’s economy, we have to consider the public debt. Public debt is the consolidated sum of the state’s local, federal, and central government debt.
Inflation rate and prime lending rate in Botswana
A few further interesting and relevant economic data are the following; Inflation rate: 3.4% (2016 estimate), 3.1% (2015 estimate), and the rate of the Commercial bank prime lending rate: 7% (31 December 2016 estimate).
Export/import partners and data of Botswana
Botswana, with the export of products, industrial tools, and other services, generates revenue. The export value in Botswana is: $6.448 billion (2016 estimate), $6.274 billion (2015 estimate). The total revenue of these activities: diamonds, copper, nickel, soda ash, meat, textiles.
The most important export partners of Botswana are the N/A.
The most important imported products are foodstuffs, machinery, electrical goods, transport equipment, textiles, fuel and petroleum products, wood and paper products, metal and metal products, and the countries from where the import is coming: N/A.
Renewable energies used in Botswana
As an attempt to suppress the pollution of the environment, renewable energies have to replace fossil energy. The more the proportion of renewable energies in a country means more effort against the pollution. Botswana, the indicator of how much of the country’s produced energy coming from the hydroelectric source, is 0% of total installed capacity (2012 estimate).
To indicate how much another renewable energy produced is 0% of total installed capacity (2012 estimate).
Telecommunication data of Botswana, calling code
To maintain the economy, the development of a reliable and modern telecommunications infrastructure is crucial. We can say the following about Botswana; Botswana is participating in regional development efforts; expanding fully digital system with fiber-optic cables linking the major population centers in the east as well as a system of open-wire lines, microwave radio relays links, and radiotelephone comdomestic: fixed-line teledensity has declined in recent years and now stands at roughly 7 telephones per 100 persons; mobile-cellular teledensity now pushing 160 telephones per 100 persons international: country code – 267; international calls are made via satellite, using international direct dialing; 2 international exchanges; digital microwave radio relay links to Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and South Africa; satellite earth station – 1 Intelsat (Indian (2015).
Transport infrastructure in Botswana
In the 21st century, we often say that the world has become small and there are no distances anymore. With widespread air travel when (sometimes) there are no visa restrictions, it is easy to reach other countries, but in case the distance is not too long, we can also use railway or water transportation.
The number of airports in Botswana: 74 (2013), and the number of heliports: N/A.
The total length of the roadways in Botswana: total: 17,916 km, note: includes 8,916 km of Public Highway Network roads (6,116 km paved and 2,800 km unpaved) and 9,000 km of District Council roads (2011).
The total length of the waterways in Botswana: N/A.
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Facts & data about Botswana
Name of the country: conventional long form: Republic of Botswana, conventional short form: Botswana, local long form: Republic of Botswana, local short form: Botswana, former: Bechuanaland, etymology: the name Botswana means “Land of the Tswana” – referring to the country’s major ethnic group.
|Abbrevation: Botswana||Geographic coordinates:|
22 00 S, 24 00 E
|Country location: Africa|
|Capital of Botswana: Gaborone||GPS of the Capital:|
24 38 S 25 54 E
|Position: Southern Africa, north of South Africa|
|Land area: total: 581,730 sq km; land: 566,730 sq km, water: 15,000 sq km||Terrain: predominantly flat to gently rolling tableland; Kalahari Desert in southwest||Area comparative: slightly smaller than Texas|
|Population: 2,209,208 (July 2016 estimate)||Population grow rate: 1.19% (2016 estimate)||Sex ratio: at birth: 1.03 male(s) / female, 0-14 years: 1.04 male(s) / female, 15-24 years: 0.99 male(s) / female, 25-54 years: 1.15 male(s) / female, 55-64 years: 0.82 male(s) / female, 65 years and over: 0.66 male(s) / female, total population: 1.04 male(s) / female (2016 estimate)|
|Exports: $6.448 billion (2016 estimate), $6.274 billion (2015 estimate)||Imports: $7.194 billion (2016 estimate), $7.09 billion (2015 estimate)||Import partners: N/A|
|Urbanization: urban population: 57.4% of the total population (2015)||Major urban area(s): GABORONE (capital) 247,000 (2014)||Median age: total: 23.2 years; male: 23.4 years, female: 23.1 years (2016 estimate)|
|Internet users: total: 600,000. Percent of the population: 27.5% (July 2015 estimate)||Telephones (fixed lines): total subscriptions: 160,490. Subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 7 (July 2015 estimate)||Telephones (mobile, cellular): total: 3.475 million. Subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 159 (July 2015 estimate)|
|Unemployment rate: 20% (2013 estimate)||Nationality: Motswana (singular), Batswana (plural) adjective: Motswana (singular), Batswana (plural)||National holidays: Independence Day (Botswana Day), 30 September (1966)|
|Life expectancy at birth: total population: 54.5 years. Male: 56.3 years, female: 52.6 years (2016 estimate)||Total fertility rate: 2.3 children born / woman (2016 estimate)||Birthrate: 20.7 births / 1,000 population (2016 estimate)|
|Literacy: age 15 and over can read and write. Total population: 88.5%; male: 88%, female: 88.9% (2015 estimate)||Legal system: mixed legal system of civil law influenced by the Roman-Dutch model and also customary and common law||Suffrage: 18 years of age, universal|
|Industries: diamonds, copper, nickel, salt, soda ash, potash, coal, iron ore, silver; livestock processing; textiles||Industrial production growth rate: 2.5% (2016 estimate)||GDP real growth rate: 3.1% (2016 estimate) -0.3% (2015 estimate) 3.2% (2014 estimate)|
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