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Republic of Namibia

Origin of Name Namibia is named for the Namid Desert, which itself gets its name from the Nama word for "area where there is nothing"

map of Namibia

Location southwestern Africa
Bordered By
Angola, Zambia, Botswana, South Africa

location of Namibia

Area 316,611 sq mi (824,292 sq km)
Highest Point Konigstein; 8,550 ft (2,606 m)
Lowest Point
sea level
Natural Resources
diamonds, copper, uranium, gold, silver, lead, tin, lithium, cadmium, tungsten, zinc, salt, hydropower, fish

Nationality Namibian
Population (July 2015 est)
2,212,307
Largest Cities Windhoek, Rundu, Walvis Bay
Ethnic Groups black, white, mixed
Religions Christian
Languages
Oshiwambo languages, English (official)

Capital Windhoek
Form of Government republic
Present Constitution Adopted March 21, 1990
Chief of State and Head of Government
President
Hage Geingob (since March 21, 2015)
Cabinet
appointed by the President from among members of the National Assembly
Legislature
bicameral
Judiciary
Supreme Court
Local Administration
14 regions

Currency dollar
Per Capita Income
$11,300
Industries
meatpacking, fish processing, dairy products, pasta, beverages; mining (diamonds, lead, zinc, tin, silver, tungsten, uranium, copper)
Agricultural Products
millet, sorghum, peanuts, grapes; livestock; fish
Export Commodities
diamonds, copper, gold, zinc, lead, uranium; cattle, white fish and mollusks
Import Commodities
foodstuffs; petroleum products and fuel, machinery and equipment, chemicals

Independence from a South African Mandate Achieved March 21, 1990
National Holiday
Independence Day; March 21
Flag
red signifies the heroism of the people and their determination to build a future of equal opportunity for all; white stands for peace, unity, tranquility, and harmony; blue represents the Namibian sky and the Atlantic Ocean, the country's precious water resources and rain; the yellow sun denotes power and existence; green symbolizes vegetation and agricultural resources

flag of Namibia

SEE ALSO
Angola
Zambia
Botswana
South Africa

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