Namibia. Like many other commodity-rich African countries, Namibia is overseen by foreign major companies. In June, the Russian group Gazprom signed a US $ 1 billion contract with Namibian energy company Namcor to build a gas power plant designed to keep both Namibia and neighboring South Africa with electricity. Through the power plant, Gazprom gets a foothold on the potentially lucrative Kudu field in the sea with estimated reserves of 3.3 trillion cubic feet of gas. The contract was signed in the presence of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, and at the same time agreements on Russian investments were also concluded in the mining and oil exploitation.
In December, a state mining company was created to coordinate the extraction of all of Namibia’s mineral resources. According to countryaah, a deal with the state-owned Chinese company Nuctech for the delivery of X-ray equipment to the Namibian Customs led to charges of suspected bribery. Two Namibians and one Chinese were indicted but released on bail in August. The investigation continued for the rest of the year.
The general elections at the end of November resulted in expected grand victories for President Hifi kepunye Pohamba and the ruling party SWAPO (South West Africa Peoples Organization). Pohamba received 76.4 percent of the vote in the presidential election and SWAPO 74 percent in the parliamentary election.
Area: 824,290 km2 (world ranking: 33)
Population density: 3 per km2 (as of 2017, world ranking: 140)
Capital: Windhoek (Windhoek)
Official languages: English
Gross domestic product: US $ 13.2 billion; Real growth: -0.8%
Gross national product (GNP, per resident and year): 4600 US$
Currency: 1 Namibia dollar (N $) = 100 cents
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Head of State: Hage GeingobNickey Iyambo, Head of Government: Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, Exterior: Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah
National holiday: 21.3.
State and form of government
Constitution of 1990
Presidential republic (in the Commonwealth)
Parliament: National Assembly with 104 members (96 elected, max. 8 appointed by the President), election every 5 years; National Council with 26 members, election every 6 years.
Direct election of the head of state every 5 years (one-time re-election). Right to
vote from 18 years.
Population of: Namibians, last count 2011: 2,113,077 residents, mainly
Bantu people: 47% Ovambo, 9% Kavango, 7% Herero, 7% Damara, 5% Nama, 4% Caprivian; 6% whiteness; around 35,000 San; around 32,000 Rehoboth Basters; around 20,000 residents of German descent
Cities (with population): (as of 2011) Windhoek (Windhuk) 325,858 inh., Rundu 63,431, Walvis Bay (Walvis Bay) 62,096, Swakopmund 44,725, Oshakati 36,541, Rehoboth 28,843
Religions: 97% Christians (50% Lutherans, 20% Catholics, 27% other Christs); Minorities of Muslims, Baha’i, Jews and Buddhists; indigenous religions (as of 2006)
Languages: English; 48% Ovambo, 11% Nama / Damara, 11% Afrikaans, 10% Kavango, 8% Otiherero, Khoisan languages and others; 1% German
gainfully employed by
agricultural sector. 20%, industry 20%, business 60% (2017)
Unemployment (in% of all labor force): 2017: 23.3%
Inflation rate (in%): 2017: 6.1%
Foreign trade: Import: US $ 6.4 billion (2017); Export: US $ 4.2 billion (2017)
Subtropical climate with dry winters and hot summers. Precipitation decreases from northeast to southwest from 553mm to 147mm. The annual mean temperatures are 20.5 ° C.