1,250,000 in Botswana (2003 UNSD). L2 users: 150,000 in Botswana. Total users in all countries: 13,201,780 (as L1: 5,351,780; as L2: 7,850,000).
Widespread as lingua franca; Southeast and Kgatleng districts; east Southern and Kweneng districts, Central district: Serowe-Palapye and Mahalapye subdistricts; Northwest district: Maun village area.
1 (National). De facto national language.
Vigorous. Used among the educated. More for spoken purposes than written. All ages.
Latin script [Latn].
90%–95% of children complete standard 7 in primary school. Christian, traditional religion.