Quick Facts

  • Officially the Republic of Namibia
  • Independence: 1990 (from South Africa)
  • Capital: Windhoek (pop. 368,000)
  • Population: 2,212,307
  • Economy: based on agriculture, herding, tourism, mining
  • One of the least densely populated countries in the world due to the extensive Namibia desert
  • Official language: English
  • Divided into 13 regions
  • Climate: dry, sunny, warm with cooler coastal temperatures
  • Major religion: Christianity
  • Literacy rate: 81.9%
  • Current weather conditions: www.weather.com
  • Tips for travel in country: www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates: www.xe.com

Government in Power

  • A multiparty parliamentary democracy
  • Chief of state and head of government: President Hage Geingob (since 2015)

Healthcare Statistics

  • Maternal mortality rate: 265/100,000
  • Infant mortality rate: 45.62/1,000
  • Life expectancy: 51.62 years
  • Health expenditures: 7.7% GDP
  • Physicians density: 0.37/1,000
  • Hospital bed density: 2.7/1,000
  • HIV/AIDS adult prevalence rate: 15.97%
  • Infectious disease risk: high
  • Infectious diseases: bacterial diarrhea, hepatitis A, typhoid fever, malaria, schistosomiasis
  • Infectious disease updates: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm

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