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Namibia, officially the Republic of Namibia is a country in southern
Africa whose western border is the Atlantic Ocean.
It shares land borders with Angola and Zambia to the north,
Botswana to the east and South Africa to the south and east.
Although it does not border with Zimbabwe, there is less than 200
metres of riverbed between them.
Motto: "Unity, Liberty, Justice"
Population: 2,030,692 hab.
Land area: 825,418 km²
Languages: Official language: English.
Others languages: German, Afrikaans, Rukwangali,
Silozi, Setswana, Damara, Herero and Oshiwambo.
Main cities: Windhoek, Gobabis, Rundu.
Monetary unit: Namibian dollar.
Neighbouring countries: Angola, Zambia and
Government:Unitary presidential constitutional
Head of state/president/king/queen: Hifikepunye
During the colonialization of Africa the
Germans came to Namibia and claimed
it as their own. It was a German colony
until the end of WWI. The League of
Nations forced Germany to give up what
they called Southwest Africa and it was
given to South Africa to rule as a
territory. Namibia gained independence
in 1990. Namibia is considered to be
one the of the most stable countries of
Main cities: Windhoek:
Is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Namibia.
The town developed at the site of a permanent spring known to the indigenous
pastoral communities. It developed rapidly after Jonker Afrikaner, Captain of the
Orlam, settled here in 1840 and built a stone church for his community.
Main cities: Gobabis.
Gobabis is a city in eastern Namibia.
It is the regional capital of the Omaheke Region, and the
district capital of the Gobabis electoral constituency.
Rundu: Rundu is the capital of the Kavango Region,
northern Namibia, on the border with Angola on the banks
of the Okavango River about 1000 m above sea level.
Namibia culture and customs are a blend of
many different peoples and cultures, similar in
some respects to the 'rainbow' nation next door.
Home to the Bushmen, the oldest inhabitants of
southern Africa as well as to the more recently
arrived Europeans, Namibia's culture and
customs have absorbed both African and
European elements and fused them into a blend
of the two. The Herero and the Owambo, no
longer just poorly paid migrant labourers,
represent the backbone of modern Namibia
The most popular sport in Namibia is
football. The Namibia national
football team qualified for the 2008
Africa Cup of Nations but has yet to
qualify for any World Cups.
However, the most successful national
team is the Namibian rugby team, having
competed in four separate World Cups.
Cricket is also popular, with the
national side having played in the
2003 Cricket World Cup.
Fish River Canyon.