Botswana is a nation located in Southern Africa. After independence in 1966, it changed its name from the British protectorate of Bechuanaland to Botswana.
With a consistent record of uninterrupted democracy, the nation is said to have Africa’s oldest continuous democracy.
The country covers an area of 224, 610 sq mi and has a population of 2 million, which makes it the least densely populated in the world.
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Its economy is dependent on mining and agriculture and its standard of living is ranked among the highest in Africa.
By all accounts, Botswana has an inspiring story of succeeding against the odds and making the most of the given opportunities. In 1966, when Botswana got its independence from the British, its per capita income was a modest $70. Botswana has since grown by leaps and bounds, transforming itself into one of the world’s fastest-growing economies.
Face2face Africa brings you interesting facts about Botswana to commemorate its independence: