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 (primarily Afrikaners)|
White Namibians are people of European birth or descent living in Namibia. The majority of white Namibians are Basters, with a large minority being Germans, who colonized Namibia in the 1890s, followed by smaller number of 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 populations. 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 percent Afrikaners and 17 percent German-speaking).
During Namibia's short 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.
Notable White Namibians
- Skipper Badenhorst
- Quinton-Steele Botes
- Jacques Burger
- Dan Craven
- Monica Dahl
- Trevor Dodds
- Jörg Lindemeier
- Percy Montgomery
- Oliver Risser
- Friedhelm Sack
- Ian van Zyl
|2011||75,000 – 120,000||2,113,077||4–7%|
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