Thursday, April 29, 2010

Botswana, Gaborone Cost of Living April 2010

Country Full Name: The Republic of Botswana.

Location: Botswana is in Southern Africa, north of South Africa.

Country Climate: Semiarid; warm winters and hot summers.

Country Terrain: Predominantly flat to gently rolling tableland; Kalahari Desert in southwest.

Major Languages: English (official), Setswana.

Major Religions: Christianity, indigenous beliefs.

Country Population: 1.8 million (2008 est.) 1.8 million (2009 est.).

Country Economy: The economy of Botswana is that of a rapidly developing market economy. Being closely tied with the economy of South Africa, the country's economy is one of the most successful in Africa and is dominated by the fast-growing service sector, world-renowned diamond industry, tourism, and manufacturing.

Currency: Botswana Pula (BWP).

Country Inflation: 12.6% (2008 est.) 8.4% (2009 est.).

City: Gaborone, is the capital and largest city of Botswana.

City Economy: Gaborone is the center of the national economy. The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has its headquarters in Gaborone.

Cost of Living: Gaborone has an overall cost of living index which equates it with middle cost of living locations. The overall cost of living index is comprised of the prices for defined quantities of the same goods and services across all 13 Basket Groups. Gaborone is currently ranked 161 overall, most expensive place in the world for expatriates to live, out of 282 international locations.

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