Namibia at a glance

Namibia at a Glance

 

 

General

Geographical Area

  • 824,269 km² making Namibia the 31st largest country in the world
  • It stretches for about 1,300 km from south to north and varies from 480 to 930 km in width from west to east.
  • The country is divided into 14 regions, the Zambezi, Kavango West & East, Kunene, Omusati, Ohangwena, Oshana and Oshikoto regions in the north, the Omaheke, Otjozondjupa, Erongo and Khomas Regions in the central areas and the Hardap and Karas regions in the south.

Geographical Location

  • Vast, sparsely populated country located on the south-western sea board of Africa.
  • Bordering Angola in the north, Botswana and Zimbabwe in the east, South Africa in the south and the Atlantic Ocean in the west.
  • The oldest desert in the world, the Namib Desert stretches along the whole west coast of the country, while the Kalahari Desert runs along the south eastern border with Botswana.

Climate

  • Arid and semi-arid.
  • Hottest months, November to February (average temperatures 20-36 ºC).
  • Colder months between May and August (average temperatures 6-10 ºC in the mornings and 18-22 ºC during the day).

Population

  • 2.113 million (2011 census).
  • Population Growth Rate is 1.9%.
  • Relatively youthful population with 38% of the population under 15 years of age and only 7% over 60 years.
  • Despite rapid urbanisation, Namibia is still a mainly rural society with only 43% of the population living in urban areas.
  • Regional population densities vary enormously with almost two-thirds of the population living in four of the northern regions and less than one tenth of the population living in the south.

Time Zones

  • First Sunday in April to first Sunday in September: GMT + 1 hour.
  • October to March – GMT + 2 hours.

Electric Current

  • 220 - 250 VAC 50 Hz

Measures

  • Metric System

International Telephone Code

  • + 264 + area code + number required.

Business Hours

  • Offices: Monday to Friday, 08h00 to 17h00.
  • Banks: Monday to Friday, 09h00 to 15h30 and Saturdays, 08h30 to 12h00.

Currency

  • Namibian Dollar (N$) which is 1:1 on par with the South African Rand (R).
  • Major foreign currencies and travellers cheques are easily exchangeable while major credit cards such as Visa, Master Card, American Express and Diners Club are acceptable means of payment.

Currency Regulations

  • Namibia is part of the Common Monetary Area, which includes Lesotho, South Africa and Swaziland.
  • Remittance of dividends to non-resident shareholders.
  • Repatriation of capital
  • Freedom of movement for non-resident capital transactions.
  • Free repatriation of income/dividends earned on such investments.
  • Corporations can invest directly abroad.
  • Institutional investors may engage in asset swap transactions.

Languages

  • English is the official language.

Religion

  • Secular state but over 90% of population is Christian.

Capital

  • Windhoek (administrative, judicial and legislative capital).


NEW CONSULAR TIMES!!!

NEW CONSULAR TIMES!!!

Kindly be informed that as from Tuesday, 22 August 2017, The Consular Section will open from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm Monday to Thursday ONLY!!!


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