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Namibia Population

People in Namibia

Almost 2.5 million people live in Namibia. The country is one of the most sparsely populated in the world. The inhabitants belong to many different peoples. The original population of the country includes the San , Nama and Damara. San and Nama also look similar outwardly and speak a click language. The Damara have a similar language.

From the 14th century, the Bantu peoples moved south from East Africa and came here to Namibia. Bantu peoples make up the majority in the country today. The largest group are the Ovambo. They make up about half of the population. Kavango (9 percent of the population) and Herero (7 percent of the population) also speak a Bantu language.

Six out of 100 inhabitants are white. Their ancestors are Boers, English, Portuguese or German. Although there are proportionally far fewer whites than blacks in the country, most of the land is owned by whites, who are mostly the owners of the farms. Only a small part, namely 12 percent, belongs to the black farmers, the rest of the farmland is in the hands of white landowners. The mines and many tourist companies are also in the hands of the white population.

Finally, there are people of mixed origins. They are referred to here as colored. They have black and white parents or ancestors. They also make up about 6 percent of the population.

Around half of the population lives in a city. Most of the people live in the north of the country. 300,000 people live in the capital Windhoek alone. The south is only sparsely populated and the Namib desert on the coast has hardly any inhabitants.

The San

The San Bushmen, the earliest inhabitants of Namibia, are the oldest people in the world. That's what scientists found out. They were able to adapt perfectly to the harsh living conditions and thus survive. From Africa they then spread all over the world. They are direct descendants of Homo sapiens. Just a few decades ago, the San lived exactly as they had before. They were the perfect survivors.

Languages in Namibia

Because so many peoples live in Namibia, many languages ​​are spoken there. The Bantu peoples have their Bantu languages. The most widespread is Oshivambo, the language of the Ovambo people.

The San, Nama and Damara speak a click language that is noticeable through their clicks and clicks. The Coloreds speak Afrikaans, which is very similar to Dutch. English is mainly used for communication. German is also spoken, especially on some farms.

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