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Here are some interesting facts about Botswana - Category: Introduction - Background: Formerly the British protectorate of Bechuanaland, Botswana adopted its new name upon independence in 1966. Four decades of uninterrupted civilian leadership, progressive social policies, and significant capital investment have created one of the most dynamic economies in Africa. Mineral extraction, principally diamond mining, dominates economic activity, though tourism is a growing sector due to the country's conservation practices and extensive nature preserves. Botswana has one of the world's highest known rates of HIV/AIDS infection, but also one of Africa's most progressive and comprehensive programs for dealing with the disease.

Category: Government - Diplomatic representation in the US: chief of mission: Ambassador Lapologang Caesar LEKOA; chancery: 1531-1533 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036; telephone: [1] (202) 244-4990; FAX: [1] (202) 244-4164

Category: People - Population: 1,842,323; note: estimates for this country explicitly take into account the effects of excess mortality due to AIDS; this can result in lower life expectancy, higher infant mortality, higher death rates, lower population growth rates, and changes in the distribution of population by age and sex than would otherwise be expected (July 2008 estimate)

Category: Economy - Exports: .127 billion f.o.b. (2008 estimate)

Category: Geography - Total renewable water resources (cu km): 14.7 cu km (2001)

Category: Transportation - Airports: 85 (2007)

Category: Communications - Internet users: 80,000 (2007)

Category: Military - Military branches: Botswana Defense Force: Ground Forces (includes Air Wing) (2008)

Category: Transnational Issues - Disputes - international: Botswana still struggles to seal its border from thousands of Zimbabweans who flee economic collapse and political persecution; Namibia has long supported, and in 2004 Zimbabwe dropped objections to, plans between Botswana and Zambia to build a bridge over the Zambezi River at Kazungula crossing, thereby de facto recognizing the short, but not clearly delimited, Botswana-Zambia boundary

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  1. Military - Manpower fit for military service: males age 16-49: 290,093; females age 16-49: 257,700 (2008 estimate)

  2. Economy - Imports - commodities (%): foodstuffs, machinery, electrical goods, transport equipment, textiles, fuel and petroleum products, wood and paper products, metal and metal products

  3. Economy - Agriculture - products: livestock, sorghum, maize, millet, beans, sunflowers, groundnuts

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Source: CIA - The World Factbook