Essential Info for Namibia

Official name: Republic of Namibia

Population: 2.5 million

Capital city: Windhoek

Geography: Namibia is mostly arid desert, with some plateau areas and a rocky escarpment region near the coast. 

Neighbouring countries: Namibia is bordered by South Africa to the south, Botswana and Zambia to the east and Angola to the north.

Political system: Unitary presidential constitutional republic

Major religions: Christianity

Main languages: English, Afrikaans, German and local Oshiwambo dialects

Money: The currency is the Namibian Dollar (NAD), which divided into 100 cents. ATMs can be found in all but the most remote areas and expats should be able to open a Namibian bank account with their passport, visa and a minimum deposit.

Tipping: When eating out, tip 10 percent if no service charge has been included. Many tour guides and game rangers rely on tips for their income – the size of the tip is up to one’s own discretion.

Time: GMT +2

Electricity: 220 volts, 50Hz. Three-pin plugs are used.

Internet domain: .na

International dialling code: +264

Emergency contacts: 10111 

Transport and driving: Though there are some train and bus systems, public transport in Namibia is not very well developed, and expats will most likely need a car to get around. Driving is on the left-hand side of the road.

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