Botswana

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Lefatshe la Botswana
Republic of Botswana
Anthem: Fatshe leno la rona
(Blessed Be This Noble Land)
Capital [[has capital::Gaborone]]
24°40′S 25°55′E
Largest city Gaborone
Official language(s) English (Official), Tswana (National)
Government Parliamentary Republic
Area  
 - Total 600,370 km²
600,370,000,000 m²
6,003,700 ha
231,804.153 miles²
 (46th)
  231,804 sq mi 
 - Water (%) 2.5%
Population  
 - 2005 est. 1,765,000 (countries by population|147th)
 - Density 2.7/km² (223rd)
7.0/sq mi 
GDP (PPP) 2005 estimate
 - Total $16.64 billion (114th)
 - Per capita $11,410 (60th)
HDI (2003) 0.565 (131st) – medium
Currency [[Uses currency::Pula]] (BWP)
Time zone zone (UTC+2)
Internet TLD [[Has internet TLD::.bw]]
Calling code +267
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Botswana, officially the Republic of Botswana (Tswana: Lefatshe la Botswana), is a landlocked nation in Southern Africa. Formerly the British protectorate of Bechuanaland, Botswana adopted its new name after becoming independent within the Commonwealth on September 30, 1966. It is bordered by South Africa to the south, Namibia to the west, Zambia to the north, and Zimbabwe to the northeast. The economy, closely tied to South Africa's, is predominated by mining (especially diamonds), cattle, and tourism. The country is named after its largest ethnic group, the Tswana.