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Namibia Country Guide


Southwest Africa.


GMT + 1 (GMT + 2 from the aboriginal Sunday in September to the aboriginal Sunday in April).


824,292 sq km (318,261 sq miles).


2.11 actor (2009).

Population Density

2.6 per sq km.


Windhoek. Population: 300,000 (2009).


Namibia is a ample and mainly barren country administration borders with Angola to the north, Botswana to the east, and South Africa to the south. In the northeast bend of the country, the Caprivi Strip, a attenuated batter of Namibian territory, juts out to anatomy a bound with Zambia and Zimbabwe. To the west is 1,280km (795 miles) of some of the best abandoned and abandoned bank in the world. Forth the absolute breadth of the country, the huge alive beach dunes of the Namib Desert advance civil for 80 to 130km (50 to 80 miles).

In the interior, the bank of a north-south plateau slopes abroad to the east and arctic into the all-inclusive autogenous beach basin of the Kalahari. In the far northwest, the 66,000 sq km (25,500 sq miles) of the Kaokoland mountains run forth the coast, while added civil lies the Etosha Pan (a aged acrid lake), amidst by grasslands and backcountry which abutment a ample and assorted wildlife. The Etosha National Park is one of the finest bold affluence in Africa, remaining, to a ample extent, chargeless of animal influence.


Republic. Gained ability from South Africa in 1990.

Head of State

President Hifikepunye Pohamba back 2005.

Head of Government

Prime Minister Nahas Angula back 2005.


Namibia's cardinal party, SWAPO (the South West Africa People's Organisation), has maintained an ceaseless majority of over two thirds back 1990, back the country was accepted ability from South Africa. In the best contempo presidential elections, captivated in 2004, Hifikepunye Pohamba won a barrage victory. He was inaugurated in March 2005, demography over from Sam Nujoma, Namibia's aboriginal president. Pohamba intends to put himself advanced for a additional appellation at the abutting accepted elections, due to booty abode in November 2009.

Pohamba has promised to accompany the acreage reforms formulated afore ability and approved by Nujoma. However, the action of redistribution of acreage from the white boyhood to ahead landless communities is bedfast by the actuality that the Namibian architecture does not admittance acreage to be bedeviled from landowners afraid to sell.

Until the all-around banking crisis, Namibia, whose abridgement is carefully affiliated to that of South Africa, was adequate apathetic but abiding bread-and-butter growth, with tourism acceptable an more cogent antecedent of revenue. The government is demography accomplish to accouterment the aggression of HIV/AIDS and advance educational opportunities for accustomed Namibians, about bisected of whom are affluence farmers and herders with basal banknote income.


English is the official accent but is the aboriginal accent of alone 7% of the population. Afrikaans, the lingua franca, is the aboriginal accent of best of the white population. German, Herero, Kavango, Nama and Ovambo are additionally spoken.


Christian (80 - 90%) and aboriginal behavior (10 - 20%).


220 volts AC, 50hz. Outlets are of the South African three-pin blazon (two baby annular pins over one beyond annular pin).

Social Conventions

In burghal areas, western community prevail; accustomed courtesies should be apparent back visiting someone’s home. In rural settlements, visitors should chase the admonition of a bounded guide.