Botswana Country Facts
Alternate Names: Bostswana
Former Names: Bechuanaland
Capital City: Gaborone
Flag: The flag of Botswana is light blue with a horizontal white-edged black stripe in the center.
Date of Independence: September 30, 1966 from Britain
National Anthem: "Fatshe leno la rona" (Blessed Be This Noble Land)
Size/Area: 600,370 sq km, slightly smaller than Texas.
Land Locked: Yes
Bordering Countries: South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia.
Administrative Divisions: Botswana is divided into 10 districts - Central, Ghanzi, Kgalagadi, Kgatleng, Kweneng, North-East, North-West, South-East, Southern, Chobe
Major Cities: Gaborone, Francistown, Lobatse, Orapa
Languages: English (official), Setswana (official), Kalanga, Sekgalagadi
Religions: Christian, Badimo
Major Holidays: New Year, Good Friday, Easter, Labour Day (May 1), Ascension Day, Sir Seretse Khama Day (Jul 1), President's Day (July 16), Botswana Day (Sept 30), Christmas, Boxing Day (Dec 26).
Currency Code: BWP
Highest Point: Tsodilo Hills at 1,489 m
Lowest Point: The junction of the Limpopo and Shashe Rivers at 513 m
Climate: The climate in Botswana is semiarid with warm winters and hot summers.
Major Industries: Diamonds, copper, nickel, salt, soda ash, potash; livestock processing, and textiles
Major Agricultural Products: Livestock, sorghum, maize, millet, beans, sunflowers, groundnuts
Natural Resources: Diamonds, copper, nickel, salt, soda ash, potash, coal, iron ore, silver
Time Zone: UTC +2
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