Namibia at a Glance

Geographical Location

Situated on Africa’s South-Western seaboard. Bordered by Angola (North), Botswana (East), Zambia and Zimbabwe (North-East), South Africa (South) and the Atlantic Ocean (West). Surface Area – 824 268 km2, divided into 14 regions as determined by the Delimitation Commission.

Facts about Namibia

Climate

Arid and semi-arid, changing to sub-tropical in the far North-East. Hottest months, November to February (average temperatures, 20-36ºC). Colder months between May and August (average temperatures, 6-10ºC in the mornings and 18-22ºC during the day).

Time Zones

First Sunday in April to first Sunday in September – GMT + 1 hour. October to March – GMT +2 hours.

Electric Current

220 VAC 50 Hz

Measures

Metric System

Business Hours

Offices: Mon-Fry 08:00-17:00 Banks: Mon-Fri 09:00-15:30 and Sat 08:30-12:00

Currency

1N$ = 1ZAR

Namibian Dollar (N$) on par with South African Rand (R). Most major foreign currencies and traveler’s cheques can be exchanged. International Credit Cards generally accepted: Visa, Master Card, American Express and Diners Club

Capital

Windhoek (administrative, judicial and legislative capital)

National Day

21 March, Independence Day (1990)

Head of State

His Excellency, Dr Hage Geingob
First Lady: Mrs. Monica Geingos

Parliament Multiparty democracy

  • Parliament is divided into two houses. One is elected directly and the other indirectly by regional elections.
  • Power divided into Executive, Legislature and Judiciary.
  • Executive: Headed by the President, elected by direct popular vote for a term of five years.
  • Judiciary: Operates with total independence, with the Auditor-General as watchdog of the conduct of governance.