Namibia

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INFORMATION

Capital: Windhoek

Government: Unitary Semi-Presidential Republic

Current President: Hage Geingob

Economy:

  • Heavily dependent on the extraction and processing of minerals for export.
  • Mining accounts for 8% of GDP, but provides more than 50% of foreign exchange earnings.
  • Rich alluvial diamond deposits make Namibia a primary source for gem-quality diamonds.
  • World’s fourth-largest producer of uranium.

Population: 2,630,073 (2020)

Land Size: 824,292 sq km (318,261 sq miles)

Major Ethnic Groups:

  • Ovambo
  • Kavango
  • Herero
  • Himba
  • white: 6%
  • mixed: 6.5%
Religions:

  • Christian: 80~90%
  • Indigenous African Religions: 10~20%

Language(s):

  • Oshivambo
  • Herero
  • Nama
  • English (official)
  • Afrikaans
  • German

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RECENT NEWS

  • Sat - Sep 19, 2020: Survival of Wildlife Reserves Under Threat in Namibia - AllAfrica News: Namibia
    [UN News] After six months of lockdown, the Namibian government ended travel restrictions and curfews on Friday, in light of a drop in new COVID-19 cases. But Namibia's economy, which depends heavily on wildlife tourism, has taken a major hit during the period, and the future of the country's wildlife reserves, otherwise known as conservancies, is far from certain.
  • Fri - Sep 18, 2020: Namibia Exits State of Emergency - AllAfrica News: Namibia
    [Namibian] Windhoek -- THE government has decided not to extend the state of emergency which was implemented six months ago to curb the impact of the novel coronavirus.
  • Fri - Sep 18, 2020: Borders Open, Conditional to Neighbours - AllAfrica News: Namibia
    [Namibian] AS the six-month long Covid-19 state of emergency lapses, Namibia's borders are once again open but travel might still be limited as some other countries remain locked down.
  • Fri - Sep 18, 2020: Young Artisan Benefits From Development Bank's Skills-Based Facility - AllAfrica News: Namibia
    [Namibia Economist] Development Bank of Namibia (DBN) has unveiled Mekemo Trading, a mechanical and automotive services provider, as a recipient of skills-based finance for young artisans.
  • Fri - Sep 18, 2020: Shangula Takes Wheel On Pandemic Directives - AllAfrica News: Namibia
    [New Era] Following the expiry of the Covid-19 state of emergency, health minister Dr Kalumbi Shangula now has wide-ranging response powers to implement new directives as empowered by the Public Health Act and Public Environmental Health Act of 2015.