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Fast facts and figures:
President: Ian Khama (2008)
Land area: 226,012 sq mi (585,371 sq km); total area: 231,803 sq mi (600,370 sq km)
Population (2010 est.): 2,029,307 (growth rate: 1.8%); birth rate: 22.5/1000; infant mortality rate: 11.8/1000; life expectancy: 60.9; density per sq km: 3
Capital and largest city (2003 est.): Gaborone, 195,000
Monetary unit: PulaTwice the size of Arizona, Botswana is in south-central Africa, bounded by Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and South Africa. Most of the country is near-desert, with the Kalahari occupying the western part of the country. The eastern part is hilly, with salt lakes in the north.
Languages: English 2% (official), Setswana 78%, Kalanga 8%, Sekgalagadi 3%, other (2001)
Ethnicity/race: Tswana (or Setswana) 79%, Kalanga 11%, Basarwa 3%, other (including Kgalagadi and white) 7%
National Holiday: Independence Day (Botswana Day), September 30
Religions: Christian 72%, Badimo 6%, none 21% (2001)
Literacy rate: 81.2% (2006 est.)
Economic summary: GDP/PPP (2009 est.): $26 billion; per capita $13,100. Real growth rate: –5.2%. Inflation: 7.3%. Unemployment: 7.5%. Arable land: 1%. Agriculture: livestock, sorghum, maize, millet, beans, sunflowers, groundnuts. Labor force: 288,400 formal sector employees (2004); agriculture n.a., industry n.a., services n.a.. Industries: diamonds, copper, nickel, salt, soda ash, potash; livestock processing; textiles. Natural resources: diamonds, copper, nickel, salt, soda ash, potash, coal, iron ore, silver. Exports: $2.96 billion f.o.b. (2009 est.): diamonds, copper, nickel, soda ash, meat, textiles. Imports: $3.67 billion f.o.b. (2009 est.): foodstuffs, machinery, electrical goods, transport equipment, textiles, fuel and petroleum products, wood and paper products, metal and metal products. Major trading partners: European Free Trade Association (EFTA), Southern African Customs Union (SACU), Zimbabwe (2004).