Fun Facts About Botswana – A Democratic Paradise In The World!

Modern history

Did you know- Present-day Botswana, formerly Bechuanaland, was a protectorate of the United Kingdom from 1886 to 1966, when it became an independent nation within the Commonwealth. In the following decades, inspired by Great Britain and the United States of America, Botswana became a democratic society, making it the best democracy in Africa. Since the 1970s, it is home to some of the most peaceful societies in the world. No other place in the Third World has had a democratic system comparable to Botswana. Ironically, until 1990, this democratic nation had been surrounded by foreign dictatorships and war-torn countries.

International organizations

Did you know- The English-speaking nation became a full member of the United Nations in the 1960s.

Desert louvre

Did you know- The Kalahari Desert is home to Tsodilo, one of Earth’s unknown wonders. Due to its abundant cave paintings, Tsodilo has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2001. This national wonder contains more than 4,500 cave paintings, making it the largest concentration of rock art in the world.

Famous people

Did you know- Botswana is home to some of the most famous people in Africa: Sir Seretse Khama (former leader), Gaositwe Chiepe (Minister for Foreign Affairs), Mpule Kwelagobe (Miss Universe 1999), Ruth Khama (former First Lady) and Kabelo Kgosiemang ( athlete).

Economic Sciences

Did you know- Since the discovery of diamonds in Botswana more than 40 years ago, it has become one of the most prosperous republics in Africa. During the 1970s and 1980s, the former British colony boasted one of the highest economic growth rates in the world, ahead of Germany, Japan, and the Netherlands. In the mid-1990s, it also had a per capita income twice that of most ex-socialist nations in Europe and Central Asia.


Did you know- Botswana is a southern African nation bordering Zambia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Namibia. It is the fourth largest country in southern Africa. With more than 1.5 million inhabitants and a territory of 600,370 square kilometers, the Democratic Republic is one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world, along with Mongolia, Namibia, Australia and Mauritania.


Did you know- Botswana, a landlocked republic known for its remarkable national parks and deserts, has the best democratic system in all of Africa. Since then, no other country has done as much as Botswana to preserve its democracy. Because of this, it is the only country that has not had a civil conflict on the African continent.

Botswana and the United States

Did you know- US leader Bill Clinton paid a state visit to Gaborone in 1998. He and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton arrived in Botswana on a six-day 12-day trip to Africa. Like many foreign visitors, they visited Chobe National Park, a symbol of Botswana. He was the highest-ranking American official to visit the African nation in the last century.

Human development

Did you know- In 1996, the African country was ranked 72nd out of 170 countries and territories on the UN Human Development Index, ahead of the People’s Republic of China and South Africa. By 1995, he had finished 74.


Did you know- In the mid-1990s, the nation was the world’s second-largest producer of diamonds. In addition to diamonds, it has important mineral deposits of copper, carbon, nickel, silver and salt.

The George Washington of Africa

Did you know- The former Head of State of Botswana, Sir Seretse Khama, was one of the greatest African leaders of the 20th century. After leading the country to independence from Great Britain in the mid-1960s, he and his wife Lady Ruth Khama, a white Englishwoman, established a “democratic revolution”, where blacks and whites worked together for a new country without violence. . Khama’s legacy has allowed the country to maintain and preserve its liberal democracy in recent decades (unlike various rules in Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe). His policies were widely admired outside of Africa. During his rule, between 1966 and 1980, the Botswana government’s plan focused on improving education and employment, as well as health care. Due to these policies, the English-speaking nation became the most developed country in Africa in the 1970s and 1980s. At the same time, the African country maintained excellent ties with London and America. In the second half of the 20th century, Khama, the longest-serving democratic president of Africa, identified with the emerging generation of democratic leaders on the planet.

Chobe national park

Did you know- Chobe National Park is one of the most beautiful national parks in the world. Its geography is home to a great variety of aquatic birds and mammalian animals.

United Nations

Did you know- In the mid-1990s, the English-speaking country was elected a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.

Mpule Kwelagobe

Did you know- After winning the title of Miss Universe in Trinidad and Tobago in 1999, Mpule Kwelagobe, Miss Botswana, led her country’s battle against the AIDS epidemic.

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