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Learn a bit about this wonderful country before your arrival with our general information brief.

Welcome to Namibia

Official Name: Republic of Namibia
Population: 2 114 161 (est 2010)
Capital City: Windhoek (pop. 268 132
Currency: Namibian Dollar
Languages: English 7% (official), Afrikaans 60%, German 32%, and numerous tribal dialects
Religions: Christian (80%), Indigenous beliefs (20%)
Coastline: 1,572km
Land area: 824 290 sq km (318 260 sq miles)
Highest Point: Brandberg (Konigstein) - 8550ft (2,606m)
Lowest Point: Atlantic Ocean - 0ft (0m)
Land Divisions: 14 Regions: Kunene, Omusati, Oshana, Ohangwena, Oshikogo, Kavango West, Kavango East, Zambezi, Erongo, Otjozondjupa, Omaheke, Khomas, Hardap, ||Karas
Latitude / Longitude: 22° 34´S, 17° 06´E
Arable land: 1%
Agriculture: millet, sorghum, peanuts, grapes, livestock, fish
Industries: Meatpacking, Fish processing, Dairy products; Mining (diamonds, lead, zinc, tin, silver, tungsten, uranium, copper).
Natural Resources: Diamonds, copper, uranium, gold, lead, tin, lithium, cadmium, zinc, salt, vanadium, natural gas, oil, hydropower, fish.
Exports Diamonds, copper, gold, zinc, lead, uranium; meat, processed fish, karakul skins
Imports Foodstuffs, petroleum products and fuel, machinery and equipment, chemicals


Namibia is bordered on the north by Angola and Zambia, on the east by Botswana, and on the east and south by South Africa. It is for the most part a portion of the high plateau of southern Africa, with a general elevation of from 3,000 to 4,000 ft.


The climate of Namibia is best described by its summer and winter conditions.

Winter days (May through September) are normally quite warm, but rather cold in the evenings and early mornings, especially June/July/August.
Summer days (October through April) are significantly hotter, with occasional heavy rains, January to March.

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