NAMIBIA

Sandra Appiah Mar 3, 2011 at 12:00am

March 03, 2011 at 12:00 am | Lifestyle

Sandra Appiah

Sandra Appiah | Contributor, F2FA

March 03, 2011 at 12:00 am | Lifestyle

Namibia is a large and sparsely populated country on Africa’s southwest coast. The low population can be attributed to the country’s harsh geography—the coastal Namib Desert, central semiarid mountains, and Kalahari Desert east of the mountains. About 87 percent of the residents are black, and 6 percent are white. During World War I, South Africa captured the area from Germany—ethnic Germans are still a sizable minority. Independence from South Africa was achieved in 1990. The multiparty, multiracial democracy inherits an economy based on mining (mostly diamonds), sheep and cattle ranching, and fishing.


Fast Facts
Population:
2,031,000
Capital:
Windhoek; 237,000
Area:
824,292 square kilometers (318,261 square miles)
Language:
English, Afrikaans, German, indigenous languages
Religion:
Christian, indigenous beliefs
Currency:
Namibian dollar, South African rand
Life Expectancy:
49
GDP per Capita:
U.S. $6,900
Literacy Percent:
84

ECONOMY
  • Industry: Meatpacking, fish processing, dairy products, mining (diamonds, lead, zinc)
  • Agriculture: Millet, sorghum, peanuts; livestock; fish
  • Exports: Diamonds, copper, gold, zinc, lead

Source: The National Geographic

              CIA- The World Factbook 

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