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Namibia

Flag: Namibia
Geography
 
Location:Bordering the South Atlantic Ocean, between Angola and South Africa
Area:Total: 825,418 sq km Land: 825,418 sq km
Land boundaries:Total: 3,936 km It has borders with Angola 1,376 km, Botswana 1,360 km, South Africa 967 km and Zambia 233 km
Map: Namibia
Climate:Desert: hot, dry. Rainfall is sparse and erratic
People
 
Population:2,055,080 (July 2007 est.)
Age structure:0-14 years: 37.7% (male 390,448/female 383,698) 15-64 years: 58.6% (male 606,239/female 597,512) 65 years and over: 3.8% (male 34,926/female 42,257) (2007 est.)
Ethnic groups:Black 87.5%, white 6%, mixed 6.5% note: about 50% of the population belong to the Ovambo tribe and 9% to the Kavangos tribe; other ethnic groups includes Herero 7%, Damara 7%, Nama 5%, Caprivian 4%, Bushmen 3%, Baster 2%, Tswana 0.5%
Religions:Christian 80% to 90% (Lutheran 50% at least), indigenous beliefs 10% to 20%
Languages:English 7% (official), Afrikaans common language of most of the population and about 60% of the white population, German 32%, indigenous languages 1% (includes Oshivambo, Herero, Nama)
Government
 
Government type:Republic
Capital:Windhoek
Independence:21 March 1990 (from South African mandate)
Legal system:Based on Roman-Dutch law and 1990 constitution
Economy
 
GDP (purchasing power parity):$15.27 billion (2006 est.)
GDP - per capita (PPP):$7,500 (2006 est.)
GDP - composition by sector:Agriculture: 10.9% industry: 30.6% services: 58.5% (2006 est.)
Industries:Meatpacking, fish processing, dairy products; mining (diamonds, lead, zinc, tin, silver, tungsten, uranium, copper)
Currency (code):Namibian dollar (NAD); South African rand (ZAR)




This article was compiled with the aid of the CIA World Fact book.



 
 
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