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

  • Thu - Oct 21, 2021: Police Record Drop in Illegal Abortion Cases - AllAfrica News: Namibia
    [Namibian] THE Namibian Police said it recorded seven illegal abortions from January to August this year, a decrease from 17 cases in 2020. In 2019 and 2018, 29 and 18 cases were reported, respectively.
  • Thu - Oct 21, 2021: 'Namibia a Model of Stability and Democracy' - AllAfrica News: Namibia
    [Namibian] DAWIT Giorgis (76) in his 650-page autobiography, 'What a Life!', says of all the nations he has served as a political and humanitarian aide over about 50 years, Namibia is a model of stability and democracy.
  • Thu - Oct 21, 2021: Cost of Borrowing Unchanged - AllAfrica News: Namibia
    [Namibian] THE Bank of Namibia has decided that interest rates on loans should remain as is until the end of this year to allow for a reasonable economic recovery, and to accommodate the laxity in the economy.
  • Thu - Oct 21, 2021: IPC Suspends Swakop Councillor - AllAfrica News: Namibia
    [Namibian] INDEPENDENT Patriots for Change has suspended its councillor for the Swakopmund constituency and chairperson for the Erongo region, Ciske Howard-Smith.
  • Thu - Oct 21, 2021: PM's Office Denies Govt It Systems Were Hacked - AllAfrica News: Namibia
    [Namibian] THE Office of the Prime Minister (PM) has refuted a social media post claiming the government's information technology systems have been hacked by foreign powers.