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Flag of Namibia
Flag of Namibia
Red: Heroism of the peopleWhite: Peace, unity, tranquility,and harmonyBlue: Namibian sky, Atlantic ocean, rain, and water resourcesYellow sun: Power and existenceGreen: vegetation and agricultural resources

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Population- 2,108,665 people
Population Growth Rate- .95%

Infant Mortality Rate- 45.51 per 1,000 live births

Life Expectancy- 51.61(males) 50.86(females)

Net Migration Rate- .3 migrants/1,000

Literacy Rate- 85% population - 86.8% male - 83.5% female

Ethnic groups:

  • 50% Ovambo tribe
  • 9% Kavangos
  • 7% Herero
  • 7% Damara
  • 5% Nama
  • 4% Caprivian
  • 3% Bushmen
  • 2% Baster
  • .5% Tswana

Religions
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  • 80-90% Christian
  • 10-20% Indigenous beliefs

Languages
  • 7% English- official
  • 60% Afrikaans
  • 32% German
  • 1% Indigenous languages

Education
  • Have to attend until 16 years of age (6-16)
  • Primary- 7 years Secondary- 5 years
  • 80% of the students that were eligible attended primary school (1999)
  • 34% of the students that were eligible attended secondary school (1999)

Internet Access
  • 113,500 users out of 2,108,665 poeple




Economy
Overview:
Namibia is extremely dependent on minerals for export such as diamonds, copper gold, zinc, lead, uranium.
Their economy is very close to South Africa's and their dollars are worth the same amount.

  • GDP per capita- $6,600 (2009 est.)
  • Industries- meat packing, fish processing, dairy products, mining (diamonds, lead, silver, uranium, etc.)
  • Labor Force (by occupation):
    • Agriculture- 16.3%
    • Industry- 22.4%
    • Services- 61.3% (2008 est.)
  • Agriculture Products- millet, sorghum, peanuts, grapes, livestock, fish
  • Unemployment Rate- 51.2% (2008)
  • Imports- food, petroleum products and fuel, machinery and equipment, chemicals
  • Exports- diamonds, copper, gold, zinc, lead, uranium, cattle, processed fish, karakul skins
  • Currency/exchange rate- $1.00 US = 7.00 Namibian dollars (NAD)



Geography Namibia-desert.jpg

  • Location-
22 00 S, 17 00 E
  • Area-
318,611 sq.m.
  • Borders- Atlantic ocean, South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Zambia
  • Climate-
Desert is hot and dry, rainfall is rare and irregular
  • Natural Resources- diamonds, copper, uranium, gold, silver, lead, tin, lithium, cadmium, tungsten, zinc, salt, hydropower, fish
  • Land Use
    • arable land- .99%
    • permanent crops- .01%
    • other- 99% (2005)
  • Natural Hazard
    • long periods of drought
    • some areas go 100 years without any rain
  • Current Environmental Issues
    • limited freshwater resources
    • desertification- more land is turning into a desert
    • wildife poaching
    • land degredation

namibia_president.jpg Government
  • Capital- Windhoek
  • Chief of State- President Hifikepunye Pohamba
  • Type- Republic
  • Independence- March 21, 1990- from South African Mandate
  • Suffrage- 18 years old (universal)


Timeline

1886-1890- Modern day boundaries are established by a German Treaty with the Brittish and Portuguese
1915- South Africa takes over during WWI
1920- South Africa is granted mandate to govern South West Africa
1958- The South West Africa People's Organization is created (SWAPO)
1961- UN demands South Africa stop the mandate
1968- South West Africa is officially renamed Namibia by UN
1988- South Africa agrees to independence if Cuban troops are removed from Angola
1989- SWAPO wins UN-supervised election
1990- Namibia wins independence- Sam Nujoma is first president
2007- Chinese president visits and signs aid and economic cooperation agreements
2009- Pohamba and SWAPO party are re-elected


Tourist Information
Sossusvlei- These are the tallest sand dunes in the world! Namibia_fish_canyon.jpg

Epupa Falls- Breathtaking waterfalls in Northern Namibia

Fish River Canyon- Second largest canyon in the world after the Grand Canyon in the US.

Swakopmund- peaceful, small resort town on the coast

Windhoek- Amazing Capital
These are some places that you will definitely NOT want to miss!
To fly to Namibia you can fly to Paris and then to Windhoek. You can do this for about $2,401.95.
Some hotels in Windhoek are:
  • Windhoek Country Club Resort
  • Safari Court Hotel
  • Kalahari Sands Hotel and Casino
  • Namushasha Country Lodge

You should visit your health care proider 4-8 weeks before visiting Namibia.
You should also get these vaccines:
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Typhoid
  • Yellow Fever ( if coming from a yellow fever infected area of Africa or the Americas)
  • Polio (if never had vaccine as an adult but did as a child)
  • Rabies (if spending a lot of time outdoors)
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (if not previously given)
  • Tetanus



Map
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Works Cited

Mara Eisenbarth