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Namibia has a population of 2,484,780 (2017). The population density is extremely low at 3 inhabitants per square kilometre.

The natural population growth rate is 1.95%. (2017)
Birth rate per 1000 inhabitants is 27.3 (2017)
Death rate per 1000 inhabitants is 13.9 (2017)
Life expectancy is 64 years. (males 62.4 and females 65.56years (2017)

The population in Namibia is mostly made up of blacks (87.5%). There are 6% whites in Namibia. The rest are of mixed descent. Almost half of the population belongs to the Ovambo tribe, a Bantu people who mainly live in the north of the country. They arrived in the country later than the original inhabitants. The Khoi-Khoi and the San arrived in Namibia as early as the fifth and first centuries AD respectively. However, this group, which later became Khoisan, now only makes up a small part of the current population. A small group of San still live in the Kalahari Desert.

The following tribes can also be found: the Damara, Herero, Nama, Kavango, East Caprivi and the Kaokovelders.


English is the official language of Namibia. Furthermore, Afrikaans, German, Oshivambo and other indigenous languages are spoken.


80-90% of the population is Christian. Of these, half belong to the Lutherans.
The rest of the population adheres to an indigenous religion.


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Last updated June 2024
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