Namibia
Republic of Namibia

Capital
Windhoek

Area
318,694 sq mi
825,418 sq km


Population
1,927,447 est 2003

Largest city
Windhoek
pop. 221,000


Languages
English 7% (official), Afrikaans common language of most of the population and about 60% of the white population, German 32%, indigenous languages: Oshivambo, Herero, Nama

Peoples
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 are: Herero 7%, Damara 7%, Nama 5%, Caprivian 4%, Bushmen 3%, Baster 2%, Tswana 0.5%

Religion
Christian 80% to 90% (Lutheran 50% at least), Indigenous beliefs 10% to 20%

Life Expectancy
total population: 40.53 years
male: 42.36 years
female: 38.64 years (2004 est.)


Literacy
total population: 84%
male: 84.4%
female: 83.7% (2003 est.)


Suffrage
18 years of age; universal

Government
Republic


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