Botswana profile

San bushman of Botswana with bow and arrow Botswana's San bushmen may be the world's oldest human population, a major genetic study reported
  • Full name: The Republic of Botswana
  • Population: 2 million (UN, 2012)
  • Capital: Gaborone
  • Area: 581,730 sq km (224,607 sq miles)
  • Major languages: English (official), Setswana
  • Major religions: Christianity, indigenous beliefs
  • Life expectancy: 54 years (men), 51 years (women) (UN)
  • Monetary unit: 1 Pula = 100 thebe
  • Main exports: Diamonds, copper, nickel, beef
  • GNI per capita: US $7,470 (World Bank, 2011)
  • Internet domain: .bw
  • International dialling code: +267

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