Happy Independence To The Republic Of Botswana

by Duke Magazine

Botswana is a landlocked Southern Africa country that got her independence on the 30th September, 1966 from the British. However, English is the official language of the country. With an estimated population of 2,254,068, preponderance of the people in the country are of Tswana ethnicity, achieving 79% of the population. Setswana is the most widely-spoken language and Christianity being the dominant religion.

Formerly one of the world’s poorest countries with a GDP per capita of about US$70 per year in the late 1960s, Botswana has since transformed itself into an upper middle income country, with one of the world’s fastest-growing economies. The economy is dependent on mining, tourism, and cattle reading. 

The geography of Botswana suggests a predominantly flat terrain, tending toward gently rolling tableland. Botswana is dominated by the Kalahari Desert, which covers up to 70% of its land surface. The country is bordered by Okavango Delta, which is one of the world’s largest inland deltas in the northwest and the Makgadikgadi Pan, a large salt pan in the north.

Botswana is a member of the African Union, the Southern African Development Community, the Commonwealth of Nations, and the United Nations.

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