>> Africa Region >> South/Central Africa Subregion >> Namibia
Population numbers: 2.303 million
How many square miles: 318,772 square miles
Geography fast facts (uniqueness):
The Welwitschia Mirabilis, a fossil plant that can be found in the Namib Desert, has a lifespan that can reach 2,000 years.
The Constitution of Namibia is the first constitution to include a provision for environmental protection.
Around 14% of Namibia’s land area is protected zone.
The members of the Herero community of Namibia gather every last Sunday of August to pay respect to those who lost their lives during colonial times.
The largest meteorite shower ever, the Gibeon meteorite shower, was discovered in Namibia in 1838.
The longest cave system in Namibia is the Arnhem Cave.
Tsumeb Mine was once Africa’s richest source of lead and zinc.
Dragon’s Breath, located in Hariseb, is the world’s largest underground lake.
Averaging at 2,500, the free-roaming cheetah population of Namibia is the largest in the world.
The Namib Desert is known as the world’s oldest desert.
Capital City: Windhoek is the capital of Namibia, in the country’s central highlands. South of the city, the sprawling Heroes’ Acre war memorial commemorates Namibia’s 1990 independence. On a hilltop in the city center are the 1890s Alte Feste, a former military headquarters with historical exhibits, and Independence Memorial Museum. Colonial influences are visible in nearby buildings like the sandstone Lutheran Christus Church.
Religion: Christianity is the most widespread religion in Namibia; however, the largest Christian division is the Lutheran church. About 80 or 90 percent of the population in Namibia are Christians.