Place:Botswana

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NameBotswana
Alt namesBechuanalandsource: Times Atlas of World History (1993) p 338
Bechuanaland Protectoratesource: Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1984) p 165
Botsuanasource: Rand McNally Atlas (1994) p 319
Lefatshe la Botswanasource: Wikipedia
Republic of Botswanasource: Wikipedia
TypeNation
Coordinates22°S 24°E
Contained Places
District
Central
Ghanzi
Kgalagadi
Kgatleng
Kweneng
North-East
North-West
South-East
Southern
Historical district
Chobe ( - 2001 )
Ngamiland ( - 2001 )
Inhabited place
Jwaneng
Orapa
Sowa
Unknown
Okavango Delta
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


the text in this section is copied from an article in Wikipedia

Botswana , officially the Republic of Botswana, is a landlocked country located in Southern Africa. The citizens refer to themselves as Batswana (singular: Motswana). Formerly the British protectorate of Bechuanaland, Botswana adopted its new name after becoming independent within the Commonwealth on 30 September 1966. Since then, it has maintained a strong tradition as a stable representative democracy, with a consistent record of uninterrupted democratic elections.

Geographically, Botswana is flat, with up to 70 percent of its territory being the Kalahari Desert. It is bordered by South Africa to the south and southeast, Namibia to the west and north, and Zimbabwe to the northeast. Its border with Zambia to the north near Kazungula is poorly defined but at most is a few hundred metres long.

A mid-sized country of just over two million people, Botswana is one of the most sparsely populated nations in the world. Around 10 percent of the population lives in the capital and largest city, Gaborone. Once one of the poorest countries in the world—with a GDP per capita of about US$70 per year in the late 1960s—Botswana has since transformed itself into one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, now boasting a GDP (purchasing power parity) per capita of about $16,400 per year as of 2013.[1] Its high gross national income (by some estimates the fourth-largest in Africa) gives the country a modest standard of living and the highest Human Development Index of continental Sub-Saharan Africa.

Botswana is a member of the African Union, the Southern African Development Community, the Commonwealth of Nations, and the United Nations. Despite its political stability and relative socioeconomic prosperity, the country is among the hardest hit by the HIV/AIDS epidemic, with around a quarter of the population estimated to be infected.

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