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Various ethnic groups occupied southwestern Africa prior to Germany establishing a colony over most of the territory in 1884. South Africa occupied the colony, then known as German South West Africa, in 1915 during World War I and administered it as a mandate until after World War II, when it annexed the territory.

Namibia gained independence in 1990 and has been governed by SWAPO since, though the party has dropped much of its Marxist ideology. President Hage GEINGOB was elected in 2014 in a landslide victory, replacing Hifikepunye POHAMBA who stepped down after serving two terms.

  • Etosha National Park;
  • Fish River Canyon;
  • Sossusvlei;
  • Cape Cross;
  • Swakopmund;
  • Caprivi Strip;
  • Twyfelfontein;
  • Namib-Naukluft National Park;
  • Kalahari Desert;
  • Chobe River
  • Private Jets, Helicopters and Airliners
  • Finest Onboard Catering
  • Ground Transport and Yachts
  • Luxury Villa & House Rentals
  • Local Guide & 24/7 Assistance
  • Customized Global Services
  • The State's Capital
  • Time Zone
    UTC +1
  • Telephone Code
  • Total Area
    824 292 Km2
  • Population
    2 777 232 (2023 est.)
  • Main Languages
    Oshiwambo languages, English
  • Currency
    Namibian dollars (NAD)
  • GDP Per Capita
    USD 9100
  • Airports

    Desert; hot, dry; rainfall sparse and erratic

    Ovambo 50%, Kavangos 9%, Herero 7%, Damara 7%, mixed European and African ancestry 6.5%, European 6%, Nama 5%, Caprivian 4%, San 3%, Baster 2%, Tswana 0.5%

    In professional settings, people are often referred to by their surnames; it is considered informal to use first names immediately.

    Meat and pap — pap (a traditional porridge made from ground maize or pearl millet) served with meat, cabbage, or fish

    Upper middle-income, export-driven Sub-Saharan economy; natural resource rich; Walvis Bay port expansion for trade; high potential for renewable power generation and energy independence; major nature-based tourist locale; natural resource rich; shortage of skilled labor

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