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Namibia, officially the Republic of Namibia (Afrikaans Republiek van Namibië, German: Republik Namibia), is a country in Southern Africa whose western border is the Atlantic Ocean. It shares land borders with Angola and Zambia to the north, Botswana and Zimbabwe to the east, and South Africa to the south and east. It gained independence from South Africa on 21 March 1990 following the Namibian War of Independence. Its capital and largest city is Windhoek (German: Windhuk).
Namibia is a member state of the United Nations (UN), the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the African Union (AU), the Commonwealth of Nations and many other international organisations. It has been given many names: the land of contrasts, the land God made in anger, the ageless land. For many years it was known only as South West Africa, but it adopted the name Namibia, after the Namib Desert. It is the second least densely populated country in the world, after Mongolia.
The dry lands of Namibia were inhabited since early times by Bushmen
, and since about the 14th century AD, by immigrating Bantu
who came with the Bantu expansion
. It was visited by the British
missionaries during the late 18th century. It was also visited by Dorsland
trekkers (also known as Junker Boers) in 1879, but became a German Imperial protectorate in 1884. In 1920, the League of Nations
mandated the country to South Africa, which imposed their laws and from 1948, their apartheid
Did you know ...
*... that the Turnhalle building (pictured)
lent its name to a conference
, an alliance
, and two political parties?
*... that despite receiving a budget allocation in 2003, the public sports stadium in Gibeon, Namibia
hadn't been repaired as of December 2007?
*... that when Amraal Lambert
of the Kaiǀkhauan
in South-West Africa
, moved from Leonardville
to ǂKoabes, he could not pronounce the Nama
name of the settlement and changed it to Gobabis
*...that the Namibian
city of Otjimbingwe
was the capital city before the modern capital, Windhoek
, replaced it in 1892?
*... that the first missionary
house in South-West Africa
, today's Namibia
, was erected in Warmbad
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