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People

About 88% of the population is black; 6% is white; and 7% is mixed. Approximately 50% of total population belong to the Ovambo tribe, the largest group, who live mainly in the well-watered north. The second-largest group, constituting 9% of the population, is the Kavango, who reside along the Okavango River. The Damara, accounting for 7% of the populace, live east of the arid coast and to the south of the Ovambo, and the Herero, a herding people who range north of Windhoek, account for another 7%. The Nama, herders in the deep south, make up 5% of the population; the Caprivian, living in the easternmost portion of the strip, total 4%; the San (Bushmen) 3%; the Basters of Rehoboth, a farming community of mixed origin, 2%; and the Tswana 0.5%. The white population lives predominantly in central and southern Namibia. The peoples of mixed descent live largely in Windhoek and other cities.

Language

The official language is English. Until 1990, the official languages were German and Afrikaans. When Namibia became independent of South Africa, the new Namibian government wanted to avoid accusations of preferential treatment for either the Afrikaans- or the German-speaking groups. Therefore, English became the sole official language of Namibia. Afrikaans, German and Oshiwambo became recognised regional languages.

Half of all Namibians speak Oshiwambo as their first language, whereas the most widely understood language is Afrikaans. Among the younger generation, the most widely understood language is English. Both Afrikaans and English are used primarily as a second language reserved for public sphere communication, but small first language groups exist throughout the country.

While the official language is English, most of the white population speaks either Afrikaans or German. Afrikaans is spoken by 60% of the white community, German is spoken by 32%, English is spoken by 7% and Portuguese by 1%. Portuguese is spoken by blacks and whites from Angola.

Religion

The first missionaries to proselytise in Namibia were British Congregationalists and Methodists; German and Finnish Lutherans and German-speaking Roman Catholics followed. As a result, more than 90% of Namibians are Christians, with the largest denominations being Lutheran and Roman Catholic. Other principal denominations, include Baptist, Methodists, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Some indigenous religious customs have survived. Nearly 10% of the population practices indigenous religions, primarily among the ethnic tribes. One notable custom is the ritual fire, which some tribes keep burning continuously to ensure life, fertility, prosperity and the happiness of ancestors.

There are small numbers of Jews, Muslims, Buddhists and Baha'is in the country.

 

 
 

 



 


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