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Botswana is a landlocked nation in the middle of southern Africa. Botswana is one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world – covered mainly by the Kalahari Desert. English is the official language, while Setswana is the national language.

Botswana is a member of the Commonwealth and the Southern African Development Community (SADC). SADC is headquartered in Botswana's capital, Gaborone. Botswana's economy has grown strongly since independence. Botswana has one of the highest standards of living and gross national incomes in Africa.

Australia's diplomatic representation to Botswana is from the High Commission in Pretoria, South Africa, assisted by an Honorary Consul in Gaborone. Botswana has a High Commission in Canberra, Australia.

Economic and trade information

Botswana country/economy fact sheet [PDF]

Travel information

Heads of Government

Includes Heads of State, Prime Ministers, Foreign, Trade and Aid Ministers

Embassies and consulates



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