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Money & Shopping

Money / Shopping

Botswana's currency is the pula (ISO 4217 code: BWP) subdivided into 100 thebe. Pula literally means "rain" in Setswana (rain is very scarce in Botswana - home to much of the Kalahari Desert - and therefore valuable and a "blessing"). Thebe means "shield".

Banknotes of BWP10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 denomination circulate and the pula is one of the strongest, most stable currencies in Africa.

In march 2016, rough conversions were

  • USD1 = BWP11.00
  • €1 = BWP12.00
  • GBP1 = BWP15.00
  • ZAR1 = BWP0.84

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