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Botswana Quick Facts
Location. Southern Africa, sharing borders with South Africa in the South, Namibia in the West, Zimbabwe in the North East and Zambia in the North. The country is landlocked.
Time Zone GMT +2
Climate, Sub tropical, Summer 19 to 33 degrees Celsius, winter 5 to 23 degrees Celsius.
Land area 582 000 Km2. It is roughly the size of Kenya, France or Texas.
Population size 1.8m (Population census 2001)
Life expectancy males 51 yrs and females 52yrs
Infant mortality 56/1000 live births (2001 estimate)
Electricity 220-240 volts AC, 50Hz. 15-and 13-amp sockets. Plugs are British style.
Weights and measures Metric system
International telephone code +267
Currency Pula (BWP). BWP1 =100 Thebe, BWP 7 = 1USD (rough estimate).
GDP $14100 per capita (2008)
GDP $14025 billion (2008)
Gross National Income per capita (PPP International ) $11730.00
Minerals Diamonds, copper, nickel, soda ash, gold, potash, gas, coal
Economic activities, Mining (diamonds, copper, coal, nickel,), tourism and agriculture.
Agriculture beef production, cereal and legumes production.
Capital City Gaborone, pop. 186000
Other cities and towns Francistown 83000, Lobatse 30000, Palapye, Serowe 42000, Selibe Phikwe 50000, Maun 44000, Molepolole 55000, Kanye 41000, Mochud 37000, Ghanzi, Kasane.
Languages Setswana (national) English official, Kalanga, Sekgalagadi, Afrikaanse, and others.
Religion Christainity, African Traditional Religion, Muslims and others.
Type of Government Republic, Parliamentary Democracy
Major political parties, Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) (ruling), Botswana National Front (BNF) (official opposition), Botswana Congress Party (BCP), Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD).
Head of State, His Excellency the President Lt General Seretse Khama, Ian Khama.
Working hours
Government Monday to Friday 7:30 to 12:45 and 1:45 till 4:30 throughout the year. Government offices are closed on weekends.
Private sector Monday to Friday 8:00hrs to 1700hrs.

Botswana Public Holidays 2010
Holiday Day of the week Date
New Year's Day Monday 1st January, 2010
Public Holiday Tuesday 2nd January, 2010
Good Friday Friday 2nd April, 2010
Public Holiday Saturday 3rd April, 2010
Easter Monday Monday 5th April, 2010
Labour Day Saturday 1st May, 2010
Ascension Day Thursday 13th May, 2010
Sir Seretse Khama Day Thursday 1st July, 2010
Presidentís Day Monday 19th July, 2010
Public Holiday Tuesday 20th July, 2010
Botswana Day Thursday 30th September, 2010
Public Holiday Friday 1st October, 2010
Christmas Day Saturday 25th December, 2010
Boxing Day Sunday 26th December, 2010
Public Holiday Monday 27th December, 2010

Source: Office of the President


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