01/12/2005: Obscure Country of the Week II: Botswana
Last week's Obscure Country of the Week was Bhutan. This week's Obscure Country is Botswana.
Botswana, a landlocked country in Southern Africa, is Africa's oldest multiparty democracy, having gained independence from Britain in 1966. It is a sparsely populated country, with only 1.6 million inhabitants, since much of the land is taken up by the Kalahari Desert.
The capital of Botswana is Gaberone. The primary languages are English and Setswana.
Botswana is home to three of the world's richest diamond mines, and diamond mining accounts for a third of Botswana's GDP. Other major economic sectors in Botswana are cattle farming and tourism.
Josh Parsons gives Botswana's flag a B+. I think it deserved an A.
Botswana's biggest problem is the AIDS virus. Botswana has the highest rate of HIV infection in the world, with about 37% of the population HIV positive.
For more information on Botswana, see the BBC country profile, the CIA World Factbook entry, and the Wikipedia entry.
Disclaimer: the only criterion for being an Obscure Country of the Week is that I myself don't know much about it.
Brock on 01.12.05 @ 11:06 PM CST