Thursday, February 21, 2008

Namibia, officially the Republic of Namibia, is a country in southern Africa on the Atlantic coast. It shares borders with Angola, and Zambia to the north, Botswana to the east, and South Africa to the south. It gained independence from South Africa in 1990 and its capital 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), and the Commonwealth of Nations.


Main articles: Regions of Namibia and Constituencies of Namibia Regions and constituencies

Main articles: Geography of Namibia and Towns in Namibia Economy
Namibia generally attracts eco-tourists with the majority visiting to experience the different climates and natural geographical landscapes such as the great eastern desert and plains. There are many lodges and reserves for eco-tourists to travel to and stay over.


Main article: Politics of Namibia Politics

Main article: Communal Wildlife Conservancies in Namibia Communal Wildlife Conservancies

Main article: Demographics of Namibia Demographics
The HIV/AIDS epidemic is a very large problem in Namibia. Namibia's infection rate is one of the highest on the continent and it shares its eastern border with Botswana which has the highest rate of almost 39%. In 2001, there were an estimated 210,000 people living with HIV/AIDS, and the estimated death toll in 2003 was 16,000 . Given infection rates this large as well as a looming malaria problem, it may be very difficult for the government to deal with both the medical and economic impacts of this epidemic.

HIV/AIDS in Namibia

Main article: Foreign relations of Namibia Foreign relations
Namibia is involved in several minor international disputes, including:

Small residual disputes with Botswana along the Caprivi Strip, including the Situngu marshlands (known as Kasikili Island in Namibia side along the Linyanti River, for which a commission to seek a resolution has been established;
Protests from Botswana residents against Namibia's planned construction of the Okavango hydroelectric dam at the Popa Falls;
A managed dispute with South Africa over the location of the boundary along the Orange River;
A dormant dispute over where the boundaries of Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe converge;
Disputes over Angolan rebels and refugees residing in Namibia. International disputes

Main article: Military of NamibiaNamibia Military

Frankie Fredericks
Adolph Jentsch
List of Namibians See also

List of cities in Namibia
List of Namibia-related topics
National parks

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