Namibia

Namibia

 

 

Namibia, officially known as the Republic of Namibia and nicknamed “The Land of the Brave,” is located in southern Africa and borders the South Atlantic Ocean. With a low population density, it’s one of the most sparsely populated countries throughout the world.

In 1990, Namibia gained independence and now has a presidential republic government with a democratic constitution. After independence, the Ovambo people became the primary residents and the language they speak, Oshiwambo, became the most commonly spoken language in Namibia. Along with Oshiwambo, there are nearly 30 languages in Namibia, including English, Afrikaans, German, and Herero.

As of 2016, the unemployment rate in Namibia is 34 percent, and as of 2010, 28.7 percent of the population is below the poverty line. Top industries within Namibia include meatpacking, mining, and fish processing. Among the most common agricultural products are millet, peanuts, livestock, and fish. Namibia is also famous for having some of the record highest sand dunes and the second largest canyon, the Fish River Canyon.

81.9%

literacy rate in Namibia

2.5 million

population



 

 

 

 

 

From Namibia: Meet the Artisan

 

Namibian Basket Artisans

Along the Okavango River in rural villages of northeastern Namibia, female artisans carefully craft woven baskets while following a coil technique. Several of these talented women are part of indigenous populations and have survived domestic violence. The weavers divide their time between working in the fields to take care of their homesteads and creating these baskets in the afternoons. In years prior, women created these baskets for themselves to collect and store grains and food. Now, the artisans are also able to sell them to a wider audience and support their families by purchasing livestock, more nutritious food, and solar lighting.

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