Currency

The pula is the currency of Botswana. It has the ISO 4217 code BWP and is subdivided into 100 thebe. Pula literally means “rain” in Setswana, because rain is very scarce in Botswana - home to much of the Kalahari Desert - and therefore valuable.

Botswana Pula

ISO 4217 Code

BWP

Official user

Botswana

Subunit

 

1/100

thebe

Symbol

P

Coins

 

Frequently used

50 thebe, 1, 2, 5 pula

Rarely used

5, 10, 25 thebe

Banknotes

10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 pula

Central bank

Bank of Botswana

Website

www.bankofbotswana.bw

 

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