Afrikaans (60%), German (32%), English (7%), Portuguese (1%)
|Mainly Protestant Christianity, with minorities practicing Judaism, Roman Catholicism or no religion|
|Related ethnic groups|
|White South Africans, Coloureds, Afrikaners,|
other White Africans
White Namibians are people of European birth or descent living in Namibia. The majority of white Namibians are Afrikaners (locally born or of South-African descent), with a large minority being German Namibians (descended from Germans who colonised Namibia in the late 19th century). Many are also Portuguese or English immigrants. Current estimates of the white Namibian population run between 75,000 and 100,000. This discrepancy in data is because the Namibian government no longer collects data based on race.
The vast majority of White Namibians live in major cities and towns in central or southern Namibia. Windhoek has by far the largest White population, and Whites are a majority in the coastal city of Swakopmund. Other coastal cities, such as Walvis Bay and Lüderitz, also have large White communities. In general, most of Namibia south of Windhoek has a high proportion of Whites, while central Namibia has a high concentration of Whites. Apart from Windhoek, coastal areas and Southern Namibia, there are large White communities in Otjiwarongo and towns in the Otavi Triangle, such as Tsumeb and Grootfontein. The 1981 census of the Republic of South Africa reported a White population of 76,430 in Namibia (71% Afrikaners and 17% German-speaking).
During Namibia's German rule, the colony attracted German immigrants. Most Afrikaners settled during the Dorsland Trek, as well as during the apartheid years. Most Angolan-born Portuguese settled after Angola became independent in 1975.
About 4,000 commercial land owners, mostly whites, own around 50% of the arable land across the country despite a land reform process. According to the FAO, around 42% of arable land was owned by whites at the time of independence. While the area was known as South West Africa, white Namibians enjoyed a highly privileged position due to apartheid laws enforcing strict segregation.
- Leon Jooste
- Anton Lubowski
- Dirk Mudge
- Henk Mudge
- Kosie Pretorius
- Hanno Rumpf
- Hans Erik Staby
- Jan de Wet
- Skipper Badenhorst
- Quinton-Steele Botes
- Renaldo Bothma
- Jacques Burger
- Dan Craven
- Trevor Dodds
- Jörg Lindemeier
- Percy Montgomery
- Oliver Risser
- Friedhelm Sack
- Ian van Zyl
- Michelle McLean (Fashon Model)
|Government||Year||White population||Total population||White in percent|
|German South West Africa (1884–1915)|
|South West Africa, South African administration (1915–1990)||1918||13,400||195,000*||7%|
|Republic of Namibia (1990–)||2011||75,000 – 120,000||2,113,077||4–7%|
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