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A virtual travel guide to Namibia. This page aims to give you a broad overview of Namibia's art, culture, people, environment, geography, history, economy and government.
Beside a country profile with facts and figures, the page contains links to sources which provide you with all the information you need to know about this South African nation, e.g.: official web sites of Namibia, addresses of Namibia and foreign embassies, domestic airlines, city- and country guides with extensive travel and tourism information on accommodation, tourist attractions, events and more like weather information, maps, statistics and local newspapers from Namibia.

Rock Giants
Rock Giants © NTB
 

Republic of Namibia

Country Profile


Namibia Flag
Flag of Namibia



The Republic of Namibia is a vast, sparsely populated country situated along the south Atlantic coast of Africa. It is the first country in the world that has incorporated the protection of the environment into its constitution.

Background:
South Africa occupied the German colony of Süd-West Afrika during World War I and administered it as a mandate until after World War II when it annexed the territory.
In 1966 the Marxist South-West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO) guerrilla group launched a war of independence for the area that was soon named Namibia, but it was not until 1988 that South Africa agreed to end its administration in accordance with a UN peace plan for the entire region. Independence came in 1990.
(Source: CIA - The World Factbook)


border countries: Angola, Botswana, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe

related countries: Germany 
 
Where in Africa is Namibia?

Official Name:
Republic of Namibia
short form: Namibia
formerly: German Southwest Africa, South West Africa (SWA)

ISO Country Code: na

Time:
Local Time = UTC +1 in Summer (September to April) +2h
Actual Time: Fri-Apr-25  08:33

Country Calling Code: +264

Capital City: Windhoek (pop. 240 000)

Other Cities: Grootfontein, Katima Mulilo, Keetmanshoop, Luderitz, Ondangwa, Oranjemund, Oshakati, Otjiwarongo, Swakopmund, Tsumeb, Walvis Bay.

Government:
Type: Republic.
Independence: 21 March 1990 (from South African mandate).

Geography:
Location: West Southern Africa, bordering the South Atlantic Ocean, between Angola and South Africa.
Area: 824,292 kmĀ² (318,260 sq. mi.)
Terrain: Varies from coastal desert to semiarid mountains and plateau.
Highest point: Konigstein 2 606 m

Climate: hot, varies from hyper-arid and semi-arid to subtropical.

People:
Nationality: Namibian(s).
Population: 2.28 million (2011, UN estimate)
Ethnic groups: Black 87%; white 6%; mixed race 7%. About 50% of the population belong to Ovambo ethnic group, and 9% to the Kavango ethnic group. Other ethnic groups are: Herero 7%, Damara 7%, Nama 5%, Caprivian 4%, San 3%, Baster 2%, and Tswana 0.5%.
Religions: Predominantly Christian; 10% indigenous beliefs.
Languages: English (official; 7%); Afrikaans (lingua franca), German.
Indigenous languages: Setswana, Lozi, Oshiwambo, Otjiherero, Rukwangali, Damara.
Literacy: 65% of total population, Female 31% Male 45%.

Natural resources: Diamonds, copper, gold, uranium, lead, tin, zinc, salt, vanadium, fisheries, and wildlife; suspected deposits of oil, coal, and iron ore.

Agriculture products: Livestock, millet, fish and fish products, grapes, wool.

Industries: Meatpacking, fish processing, dairy products; mining.

Exports partners: EU 79%, USA 4% (2004)

Imports partners: USA 50%, EU 31% (2004)

Currency: Namibian Dollar (NAD); South African Rand (ZAR)


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Official Sites of Namibia

Republic of Namibia
Namibia online.


Office of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Namibia
Official website of the Prime Minister.


Ministry of Foreign Affairs
MOFA Namibia.

Diplomatic Missions
Permanent Mission of the Republic of Namibia to the UN
Namibia's Permanent Mission to the United Nations.
Namibian Embassies Abroad
Address list of Namibian Embassies Abroad.


Maps
Map of Namibia
Political Map of Namibia.
Administrative Map of Namibia
Map of Namibia showing the country's administrative regions.

Atlas of Namibia
The atlas provides basic reference material on the geography of Namibia , including social, demographic, economic, infrastructural, physical, climatic and biological features of Namibia.

Google Earth Google Earth Namibia
Searchable satellite view of Namibia.
Google Earth Google Earth Windhoek
Searchable satellite view of Namibia's capital city.

Political Map of Africa
The 54 countries of Africa.
Map of Africa
A Relief Map of Africa.
 

Namibia News

Allgemeine Zeitung Namibia
Namibia news. (in German)

The Namibian Newspaper
Namibia's independent daily newspaper (in English and Oshiwambo).

Die Republikein
Namibia news (in Afrikaans)

The Economist
News and views from Namibia's weekly independent business newspaper.


Mail & Guardian
Leading newspaper from South Africa, covers all Africa with current information.

Radio/TV
Namibian Broadcasting Corporation
Radio, TV, News.

 

 

Arts & Culture


National Library
Namibia's National Library.

National Museum of Namibia
Namibia's National Museum.
 
Rockpainting near Khauxanas, Warmfontein
Rockpainting near Khauxanas, Warmfontein
Photo: Dr. Klaus Dierks

 

Business & Economy

Bank of Namibia
First National Bank of Namibia
Standard Bank Namibia

The Namibian Stock Exchange

NCCI - Namibian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

NamBizDot.Com
A-Z Namibia Business Directory and Business Resource Center.

Transportation
Air Namibia
Air Namibia the principal airline of SWA / Namibia, the former Namib Air (until 1991) serves destinations in South Africa and Europe.
 
 

Destination Namibia - Travel and Tour Guides

The country is divided into 13 regions:
the Caprivi, Kavango, Kunene, Omusati, Ohangwena, Oshana and Oshikoto regions in the north,
the Omaheke, Otjozondjupa, Erongo and Khomas Regions in the central areas
and the Hardap and Karas regions in the south.

Discover Namibia: accommodation, hotels, attractions, festivals, events, tourist boards, biking, safari, hiking, climbing, cruising, diving, tours and much more.


Namibia Tourism Board
Official website of the Tourism Board with comprehensive tourism information.

Ministry of Environment and Tourism
Official website of the ministry.


Namibia Wildlife Resorts Ltd Online
A guide to Namibia's prime tourist attractions.


NamibWeb
An online guide to Namibia.

Travel in
A guide to Namiba.

Travel News
Travel news, accommodations, facts & info, travel services.

Jacob Holdt's Namibia photos
Impressive images from Namibia and its people.
 

Travel and Tour Consumer Information

Himba Girl
Himba Girl © NTB

Education

Polytechnic of Namibia
A Namibian institution in the development of Science and Technology.
SchoolNet Namibia
Establishes a network among schools and allied educational institutions in Namibia
University of Namibia
The National University, Windhoek.
 
 

Environment

Desert Research Foundation of Namibia
The DRFN works collaboratively in all sectors involved in management and use of natural resources.

Gobabeb Training and Research Centre
40 years of scientific research in the central Namib desert.

Namibia Nature Foundation
The primary aims of the NNF are to promote sustainable development, the conservation of biological diversity and natural ecosystems, and the wise and ethical use of natural resources.


Namibia Wildlife Resorts Ltd Online
A guide to Namibia's prime tourist attractions.


SADC - Southern African Development Community
Southern Africa Development Community of 14 African nations.
 
Kalahari Desert
Kalahari Desert © NTB
Elephants
Elephants in one of Namibia's Wildlife Resorts © NTB

History

Namibia's history
Brief history of Namibia.
Colonial Picture Archive
Keyword searchable database of photographs from the German colonial history, the archive covers Namibia, Tanzania, Cameroon, Togo, and other former German colonies.
Chronology of Namibian History
From Pre-historical Times to Independent Namibia by Dr. Klaus Dierks (in German and English).
History of Namibia
Wikipedia entry about the history of Namibia.

 
 

Search

Namibia Gateway
A Namibia Directory.

Newsgroup of Namibia
soc.culture.namibia

Additional Information on Namibia

Africa South of the Sahara (Karen Fung) - Namibia
BBC News, Country profile: Namibia
Governments on the WWW: Namibia
Index on Africa: Namibia
Mbendi Profile: Namibia
Including economic overviews and directories of companies.
Namibia Library of Dr. Klaus Dierks
Comprehensive web site on Namibian history and engineering infrastructure (in German and English)
Open Directory Project: Namibia
Wikipedia: Namibia
The World Factbook -- Namibia
 
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