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 - Jan 16, 2021: Amushelelo an Agent of Chaos - Nangombe - AllAfrica News: Namibia
    [Namibian] CLAIMS made by forex fraud accused Michael Amushelelo about patients in state hospitals receiving the coronavirus vaccine and then dying have been rubbished by the health ministry.
  • Sat - Jan 16, 2021: Oshana Police Chief Clueless About Shoprite Beatings - AllAfrica News: Namibia
    [Namibian] ABOUT 15 hours after Oshakati police officers fired rubber bullets and allegedly assaulted striking U-Save and Shoprite workers and Affirmative Repositioning activists, Oshana regional police commander, commissioner Rauha Amwele, is still clueless about the incident.
  • Fri - Jan 15, 2021: Agribank Unpacks the Benefits of Heavy Rains in Food Production - AllAfrica News: Namibia
    [Namibia Economist] The Agricultural Bank of Namibia (Agribank) has advised farmers to be more innovative this year and indicated that although the recent heavy rainfall may have caused damage to some extent, there are beneficial outcomes to it.
  • Fri - Jan 15, 2021: Botswana Refuses to Bear Truckers' Testing Alone - AllAfrica News: Namibia
    [Namibian] Trade has almost come to a standstill last week as Botswana protested footing the bill for cross-border transporters' Covid-19 testing alone.
  • Fri - Jan 15, 2021: Curfew Cripples Service Stations - AllAfrica News: Namibia
    [Namibian] The restriction on service stations to operate for 17 hours a day only has wiped out around 50% of their business, operators say.