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Namibia is located in Sub-Saharan Africa part of Africa. It's total area is 823K km² and 8% of it is forest area. As of 2022 it has a total population of 2.6M. 54% lives in cities whereas 46% lives in rural areas.
Namibia ( (listen), ), officially the Republic of Namibia, is a country in Southern Africa. Its western border is the Atlantic Ocean. It shares land borders with Zambia and Angola to the north, Botswana to the east and South Africa to the south and east. Although it does not border Zimbabwe, less than 200 metres (660 feet) of the Botswanan right bank of the Zambezi River separates the two countries. Namibia gained independence from South Africa on 21 March 1990, following the Namibian War of Independence. Its capital and largest city is Windhoek. Namibia is a member state of the United Nations (UN), the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the African Union (AU) and the Commonwealth of Nations.

The driest country in sub-Saharan Africa, Namibia has been inhabited since pre-historic times by the San, Damara and Nama people. Around the 14th century, immigrating Bantu peoples arrived as part of the Bantu expansion. Since then, the Bantu groups, the largest being the Ovambo, have dominated the population of the country; since the late 19th century, they have constituted a majority. Today Namibia is one of the least densely populated countries in the world.

It has a population of 2.55 million people and is a stable multi-party parliamentary democracy. Agriculture, tourism and the mining industry – including mining for gem diamonds, uranium, gold, silver and base metals – form the basis of its economy, while the manufacturing sector is comparatively small.

In 1884, the German Empire established rule over most of the territory, forming a colony known as German South West Africa. Between 1904 and 1908, it perpetrated a genocide against the Herero and Nama people. German rule ended in 1915 with a defeat by South African forces. In 1920, after the end of World War I, the League of Nations mandated administration of the colony to South Africa. As mandatory power, South Africa imposed its laws, including racial classifications and rules. From 1948, with the National Party elected to power, this included South Africa applying apartheid to what was then known as South West Africa. In the later 20th century, uprisings and demands for political representation by native African political activists seeking independence resulted in the UN assuming direct responsibility over the territory in 1966, but the country of South Africa maintained de facto rule. In 1973, the UN recognised the South West Africa People's Organisation (SWAPO) as the official representative of the Namibian people. Following continued guerrilla warfare, Namibia obtained independence in 1990. However, Walvis Bay and the Penguin Islands remained under South African control until 1994.

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💬 Languages

Afrikaans, English are the official languages.

💵 Currencies

The official currencies are Namibian dollar [1 USD = 19.094 NAD], South African rand [1 USD = 19.094 ZAR].

🏧 Cash / Credit card usage

As credit cards are not widely used in Namibia, we suggest you to carry cash during your travels [2017: %15.37878364]. Approximately there are a total of 🏧 1.8K ATM's in Namibia.

🧑‍🤝‍🧑 Tourism

In 2019, 1.7M tourists arrived to Namibia. In 2019, tourism has contributed to Namibia economy with a total of 451M $ income (%9.9).

📱 Bandwidth

Mobile internet & wifi is 🐢average with 23.88 Mbps. Broadband is 🐌slow with 13.77 Mbps.

Mobile & Wifi (0.76 / 10)

Broadband (0.48 / 10)

☀️ Climate

Averag yearly temperature is ☀️ 20 °C and hot. Current 3 months (June, July and August) average is 🌤️ 15 °C and warm. Current season (summer) is 🌤️ 15 °C and warm.
Yearly average20 °C ☀️
3 month average15 °C 🌤️
Spring average20 °C ☀️
Summer average15 °C 🌤️
Fall average21 °C ☀️
Winter average24 °C ☀️
About seasons: Remember that seasons in Southern Hemisphere are opposite of the Northern one. This means that in Argentina and Australia, winter begins in June. Currently season averages are rendered according Northern Hemisphere.

📈 Economics

In 2022, gross national income (GNI) was 13B $ and with %5.5 increase GNI per capita was 5K $. In 2022, consumer inflation was calculated as %6.1.
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