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Population

StudentsThe population of Botswana is 1.8 million and is growing at the rate 3.5% per annum. The population is heavily skewed towards the urban areas such as Gaborone, Francistown, Selibe Phikwe, and Lobatse. The population of Gaborone is almost 250 000 people. Botswana has a small population size compared to most SADC countries, which has necessitated the government to consider an export led industry.

All indigenous citizens are known as Batswana (single Motswana). The majority of the population are Setswana, of which there are eight recognised sub-groups: Bamangwaro, Batawana, Bakgatla, Bakwena, Bangwakeste, Bamalete, Barolong and Batlokwa. In Setswana the names of all indigenous communities (whether Tswana or non-Tswana) have the prefix 'Ba' added at the beginning of the word.

Languages

Languages include Setswana, English and a variety of minority languages. However, English is the official language for education, business and government and is widely spoken by the general population.

Population Indicators
Population 1.7 million (2001 census)
  Distribution
Rural 50.8%
Urban 49.2%
Of which
Gaborone 224,286
Francistown 106,553
Lobatse 32,864
Selebi Phikwe 50,312
 
Literacy Rate 80%
Official Language English
National Language Setswana

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