Namibia gained independence from South Africa in 1990, and is bordered also by Zambia and Angola. Its economy relies on mineral extraction and processing for export with mining accounting for 12.5% of its GDP. Namibia is among the largest global producers of uranium as well as zinc and smaller quantities of copper and gold.

With its capital in Windhoek, Namibia has a population of 2.4 million and is one of the least densely populated countries in the world. Primary languages include Oshivambo, Nama, Afrikaans, Otjiherero, Kavango, Caprivi, and English (official). Namibians are mostly Christians, with at least fifty percent practicing Lutheranism. Namibia’s focus on environmental conservation and protection of natural resources has resulted in its government’s emphasis on allocating funds towards resource management in a climate that is one of the driest in the world.

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Average Monthly Earnings

Employment-to-Population Ratio

Unemployment Rate

Employment by Sector

Agriculture 19.6%
Industry 19.8%
Services 60.7%

Employment Distribution by Education

Age 15+

Less than Basic 13.9%
Basic 39.6%
Intermediate 19.2%
Advanced 14.0%
Level Not Stated 13.4%

Age 15-24

Less than Basic 1.7%
Basic 37.8%
Intermediate 56.1%
Advanced 4.3%
Level Not Stated .2%

Age 15-64

Less than Basic 3.4%
Basic 31.7%
Intermediate 42.4%
Advanced 22.4%
Level Not Stated .1%

Age 25+

Less than Basic 4.0%
Basic 31.2%
Intermediate 39.6%
Advanced 25.1%
Level Not Stated .1%

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