Territory in south central Africa, ruled since 1966 by the Republic of Botswana


Botswana - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Botswana, officially the Republic of Botswana (Tswana: Lefatshe la Botswana), is a landlocked country located in Southern Africa. The citizens are referred to as 'Batswana' (singular: Motswana). Formerly the British protectorate of Bechuanaland, Botswana adopted its new name after becoming independent within the Commonwealth on 30 September 1966. It has held free and fair democratic elections since independence. ..."

Measures of Freedom

Botswana | Freedom House, Freedom in the World 2016
2016: Status: Free, Aggregate Score: 73, Political Rights: 3, Civil Liberties: 2
"While democratic traditions are strong in Botswana, critics of President Seretse Khama Ian Khama have expressed concerns about creeping authoritarianism, particularly in light of crackdowns on the media and questionable actions by Khama regarding the judiciary. Botswana saw economic difficulties in 2015, attributed to a decline in diamond exports as well as significant electricity and water shortages. Following two quarters of economic contraction, the country had entered a recession by the year's end."
Human Freedom Index [PDF], The Human Freedom Index 2016
2014: 6.70, Rank: 93, Personal Freedom: 6.14, Economic Freedom: 7.27, Democracy Index: 7.48
Level of Economic Freedom, Economic Freedom of the World
2014: 7.27, Rank: 59