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Namibia

Flag of Namibia

Background Information

  • Bounded to the North by Angola, Botswana to the East and South Africa to the South, Namibia has a 1100km coastline along the Atlantic Ocean
  • The coastal shelf is terminated 90-50km inland by the escarpment of the North-South plateau (1000-1700m altitude) which slopes away gradually to the East and North into the vast interior sand basin of the Kgalagadi
  • The cold Benguela Current keeps the coast cool, damp rainless with the shorelines fogbound for much of the year
  • Inland the climate is dry with all rain falling as thunderstorms in the summer season between October and April
  • Summer temperatures average 40 degrees Celsius but the high altitude keeps nights cool and the winters are cooler with a maximum of 15 degrees Celsius in central parts

Overview

Capital Windhoek
Currency Namibian Dollar (NAD)
South African Rand (ZAR)
Major Ethnic Groups                         Black 87.5%
White 6%
Mixed 6.5%
Main Languages English (Official) 7%
Afrikaans Most of the population 60%
German 32%
Indigenous Languages Oshivambo, Herero, Nama

Population

Religious Breakdown                         Christian 80% to 90% (Lutheran 50%)
Indigenous Beliefs 10% to 20%
Population 2,055,080
Growth Rate: 0.478% (2007 est.)
Birth rate: 23.52 births/1,000 population (2007 est.)
Death rate: 19.15 deaths/1,000 population (2007 est.)
HIVAIDS Adult Prevalence Rate 21.3% (2003 est.)
People Living with HIV/AIDS 210,000
Deaths 16,000
Labour Force 653,000
Labour Force by Sector Agriculture 47%
Industry 20%
Services 33% (1999 est.)
Literacy: Age 15 and over that can read or write
Total Population 85%
Male 86.8%
Female 83.5%

Sovereignty

Government Republic
Constitution 9 February 1990, effective 12 March 1990
Legal System Roman-Dutch law & 1990 constitution
Chief of State President Hifikepunye POHAMBA
Head of Government                         Prime Minister Nahas ANGULA
Elections President elected by pop vote, 5yr term
Cabinet Cabinet app by President
Prime Minister Nahas ANGULA

Banking And Business

Banking & Office Hours                                             Office Hours Mon-Fri 08h00-17h00
Banking Mon-Fri 09h00-15h30, Sat 08h30-11h00
GDP Purchasing Power Parity $15.27 billion (2006 est.)
Real Growth Rate 2.9% (2006 est.)
Per Capital $7,500 (2006 est.)
Composition By Sector Agriculture 11.8%
Industry 30.2%
Services 58.1% (2006 est.)
Industries Meatpacking, fish processing, dairy products, mining (diamond, lead, zinc, tin, silver, tungsten, uranium and copper)
Electricity Electricity Production 1.397 billion kWh
Electricity Consumption 2.819 billion kWh
Electricity Exports $2.321 billion f.o.b.
Electricity Imports $2.456 billion f.o.b. electricity partners by South Africa
Transportation Railways Total 2,382 km
Narrow Gauge 2,382 km 1.067-m gauge
Roadways Total: 42,237 km
Paved 5,406 km
Unpaved ,831 km
Waterways None
Harbours and Ports Luderitz, Walvis Bay
Air Transport The gateway is Windhoek International (WDH), a 40km drive from the capital. Local airline Air Namibia.
135 (2002)
Economy The economy is heavily dependent on the extraction and processing of minerals for export. Mining accounts for 20% of GDP.
Exports $2.321 billion f.o.b (2006 est.)
Diamonds, copper, gold, zinc, lead, uranium; cattle, processed fish, karakul skins
Imports $2.456 billion f.o.b.
foodstuffs; petroleum products and fuel, machinery and equipment, chemicals
Major trading partners South Africa, US

Schooling And Holidays

Public Holidays                                











 
01 January New Year's
21 March Independence
06 April Good Friday
09 April Easter Monday
01 May Workers Day
04 May Cassinga
17 May Ascension Day
25 May Africa Day
26 August Heroes Day
27 August Public Holiday according to Act
10 December Day of the Namibian Women and International Human Rights Day
25 December Christmas Day
26 December Family Day

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Media

Tv Stations

  • NBC – TV English
  • One Africa English

Radio Stations

  • NBC National Radio English
  • NBC Afrikaans Afrikaans
  • NBC Deutches Horfunkprogram German
  • NBC Oshiwambo Oshiwambo
  • NBC Damara/Nama Damara/Nama
  • NBC Otjiherero Otjiherero
  • NBC Rukavango Rukavango
  • NBC Lozi Lozi
  • NBC Tirelo ya Setswana Setswana
  • Radio 99 English, Afrikaans,German
  • Radio Energy English & Oshiwambo
  • Radio Kudu English & Afrikaans
  • Radio Wave English & Afrikaans
  • Channel 7 Afr,Eng,German,Potuguese
  • Katutura Community Radio English

Magazines

Newspapers

  • Allgemeine Zeitung (Daily) German
  • Namibian Sun
  • Namibian, The (Daily) English & Oshiwambo
  • Republikein 2000 (Daily) Afrikaans & English
  • Windhoek Observer (Weekly) English
  • Republikein 2000: Market Place (Daily) Afrikaans & English
  • Republikein 2000: Erongo 2000 (Daily) Afrikaans & English
  • Namib Times (2xWeekly) English,Afrikaans, German,Potuguese
  • Akasia (Weekly) Afrikaans
  • Onyika/Lanterna (Weekly) Oshiwanyama & Potuguese
  • Rossing News (Weekly) English
  • Sperrgebiet Gazette (Weekly) English & Oshiwambo

Outdoor Media

Bus Shelters
1.2m x 3.72m
1.7m x 1.1m
OR
1.22m x 3.73m
1.72m x 1.1m

Suburb Signs
0.4m x 2m

Mobile Trailers
3m x 6m

Light Boxes
0.86m x 1.56m

Tower
0.45m x 0.2m

Park a Bike
0.4m x 1.5m

Billboards
9m x 6m
3m x 12m
3m x 6m
6m x 3m
6.6 x 5m



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