According to ALLCITYCODES.COM, Botswana is a landlocked country located in Southern Africa. It has an area code of +267, which is used for all telephone numbers in the country. This code was adopted in 1997 when Botswana switched to the ITU-T E.164 numbering system. The code is divided into two parts: ‘+’ and ‘267’. The ‘+’ indicates that the number is international and the ‘267’ identifies the country as Botswana. The most common type of telephone numbers found in Botswana are mobile numbers, which are eight digits long starting with 7 or 8, followed by 6 more digits. Landline numbers have seven digits, while VoIP numbers have ten digits starting with 5 or 6, followed by 8 more digits. In addition to these types of telephone numbers, there are also toll-free and premium rate services available in Botswana which use different formats than standard phone numbers. Toll-free services usually start with 0800 or 0801, while premium rate services usually start with 0900 or 0901. Botswana has one of the highest mobile phone penetration rates in Africa and its population is rapidly increasing their use of telecommunication services such as mobile phones, internet access and other technologies due to advances in infrastructure and technology over recent years. As such, it is important for businesses operating within Botswana to ensure they are using the correct area codes when making calls within the country as well as when communicating with other countries around the world. Botswana is a democratic republic, and its politics are based on the Westminster model of parliamentary democracy. The President is the head of state and government, while the National Assembly is responsible for making laws. The country has a multi-party system, with the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) dominating politics since its independence in 1966. The BDP has won every election since then, making it one of the longest-serving governments in Africa. There are also smaller opposition parties such as the Botswana National Front (BNF) and the Botswana Congress Party (BCP). Elections are held every five years and all citizens aged 18 or over can vote. Botswana is committed to upholding human rights and free speech and has been praised for its commitment to democracy by international observers. LOVERISTS: Features public policy of Botswana.