Botswana Country Overview
Where is Botswana located? Botswana is a landlocked country located in South Africa. On the time zone map, which divides countries into world time zones, Botswana is found in a time zone called “Central Africa Time” which is 2 hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC +2). Accordingly, the time difference between Botswana and Germany is only 1 hour. In contrast to Germany, in the African state (like in most other African countries) the time in summer is not changed to daylight saving time.
Bordering Countries of Botswana
According to abbreviationfinder, Botswana is a landlocked country located in Southern Africa. It is bordered by South Africa to theSouth, Namibia to the west, Zambia to the north, and Zimbabwe to the east. South Africa is Botswana’s largest neighbor and also its main trading partner. South Africa has a long history of providing Botswana with electricity, water and other essential services. The border between Botswana and South Africa is around 1,000 kilometers long and runs through the Kalahari Desert. Namibia is another major neighbor of Botswana. It shares an 800-kilometer border with Botswana that runs along the Caprivi Strip in the northeast corner of Namibia. This area is known for its wildlife and vast reserves of minerals including diamonds, copper and gold. Zambia lies on Botswana’s northern border and provides access to Central Africa for landlocked countries in Southern Africa such as Botswana. The border between Zambia and Botswana is around 600 kilometers long and runs through the Okavango Delta which is one of the most pristine wetland ecosystems in Southern Africa. Zimbabwe borders on eastern side of Botswana where it shares a 900 kilometer border with its much larger neighbor. This shared boundary gives Zimbabwe access to some of southern Africa’s most important water sources including Lake Kariba which straddles both sides of their shared border.
As of 2023, the latest population of Botswana is 2,317,233, based on our calculation of the current data from UN (United Nations).
|Population growth rate||1.48%|
|Birth rate||22.10 births per 1,000 people|
|65 years and more||5.33%|
|Median age||23.10 years|
|Gender ratio (Male to Female)||1.02|
|Population density||3.98 residents per km²|
|approx. 95% Bantu: mainly Sotho-Tswana (including Bamangwato, Bakwena) and Schona; 2.4% San, 1.3% others|
|Indigenous religions 50%, Christians 50%|
|Human Development Index (HDI)||0.728|
|HDI ranking||94th out of 194|
People in Botswana
Most of the more than two million residents of Botswana belong to the Sotho-Tswana ethnic group. 75 out of 100 residents belong to them. Most of them belong to the Batswana subgroup. Here you can also hear the country name.
Smaller ethnic groups are the Shona, San, Khoikhoi and Ndebele. 3.6 residents live in one square kilometer.
The Bushmen or San
The indigenous people of the country, the San, live in the remote areas of Botswana. As hunters and gatherers, they still lead a traditional life. They are among the oldest residents of Botswana. Some researchers believe they are the oldest people on earth.
For a long time they lived in southern Africa, including Botswana. They were ousted in the 18th and 19th centuries by the Bantu tribes who invaded their tribal area. Then there were the Europeans who pursued the San and ultimately drove them into the desert. But the San were and are very adaptable and could survive even in these very hostile regions.
You live in and with nature. They only take what nature gives them and not in too large quantities so that something can always grow back. They live the way we should all live: sustainably. But not all San still live as traditionally as their ancestors hundreds or even thousands of years ago. They are often displaced and have to hire themselves out as workers, although they prefer life in the bush. When diamonds were found in Botswana in the 1960s, many locals had to leave their country. They are still fighting for and for their country today.
Languages in Botswana
The official languages in Botswana are English and Setswana. English is spoken in government and administration and the major newspapers are also in English. Setswana is a Bantu language. In elementary school, the children first learn in Setswana, then in the secondary schools they are taught in English.
Religions in Botswana
There is no official state religion in the country. About half of the people still live their traditional African faith, the other half are Christians, mostly Protestants. Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists are few in number, especially in the country’s capital.