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Namibia

South Africa occupied the German colony of South-West Africa during World War I and administered it as a mandate until after World War II, when it annexed the territory.

The South-West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO) guerrilla group launched a war of independence in 1966 for the area that was soon named Namibia, but it was not until 1988 that South Africa agreed to end its administration in accordance with a UN peace plan for the entire region.

Namibia won its independence in 1990 and has been governed by SWAPO since.

About one-half of the population lives below the international poverty line and the economy suffers greatly from the effects of HIV/AIDS.

Hifikepunye Pohamba was elected president in November 2004 in a landslide victory replacing Sam Nujoma who led the country during its first 14 years of self rule. Pohamba was re-elected in the 2009 elections by an overwhelming vote.

Namibia's economy depends primarily on mining – it is the fourth largest exporter of non-fuel minerals in Africa as well as the world's fifth largest producer of uranium.

As for tourism, Although Namibia presents a brutally hot climate, travelers journey here to tour the barren red-sand deserts, and the highest sand dunes in the world in Namib National Park.

Namibia's Information

Flag of Namibia
Land Area 823,290 km2
Water Area 1,002 km2
Total Area 824,292km2 (#33)
Population 2,436,469 (#142)
Population Density 2.96/km2
Government Type Presidential Republic
GDP (PPP) $25.99 Billion
GDP Per Capita 11,800$
Currency Dollar (NAD)
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This page was last updated on April 7, 2017.