Botswana

Botswana

Formerly the British protectorate of Bechuanaland, Botswana adopted its new name after becoming independent within the Commonwealth on 30 September 1966.

About Botswana

Botswana, officially the Republic of Botswana, is a landlocked country located in Southern Africa. The citizens are refer to themselves 'Batswana' (singular: Motswana), but many English-language sources use 'Botswanan' instead. Formerly the British protectorate of Bechuanaland, Botswana adopted its new name after becoming independent within the Commonwealth on 30 September 1966. It has held free and fair democratic elections since independence. Botswana is flat, and up to 70% is covered by 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, Zambia is poorly defined but at most is a few hundred meters long. A mid-sized country of just over two million people, Botswana is one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world.

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