Welcome to Namibia
The Land of the Brave
Meet ZoodesMeet Zoodes
Meet CorneMeet Corne
“Hello. My name is Zoodes. And I’m Flora. Welcome to Namibia.
There are 13 regions in our huge country, which only has a population of two million. The capital is Windhoek, which lies in the centre.
Namibia finally won its independence in 1990 and our national anthem is ‘Namibia, Land of the Brave’. We sing about the fight for freedom and pledge love and loyalty to our country.
Come and take a look at our videos, filmed around Windhoek and also in the southern central region, where we travelled to see the Kalahari desert.”
Zoodes and Flora live and go to school in Windhoek. In the week of filming, Flora was called away to visit her family in the south of the country.
Thankfully, Corne was able to step in as assistant chief reporter. Find out more about the youngsters’ hobbies, likes and dislikes in the videos where they introduce themselves.
Average rainfall is generally low in Namibia, especially in the southern Kalahari region and along the coastal Namib Desert, which may receive as little as 15mm of rain in some years.
Namibia has one of the highest rates of literacy in sub-Saharan Africa. Well over 90% of younger children attend school and the vast majority of teenagers are able to read and write.
In the south of the country, there are many private ranches raising livestock. In the north, land tends not to be owned and members of the community exercise rights of access for farming or grazing animals.
South Africa annexed the territory after World War II. This was challenged by the United Nations which declared the occupation illegal and renamed the country Namibia. The country only gained its independence in 1990.
The HIV/AIDS epidemic is a serious problem in Namibia. In 2010, UNAIDS estimated 160,000 people aged 15 or over (around 13% of the adult population) were living with HIV.
Namibia is growing in popularity as a tourist destination. In 2008, the country received 930,000 visitors, a 50% rise in numbers over ten years. Visitors are drawn by the dramatic scenery and large areas of unspoiled wilderness.
Namibia supplies nearly a third of the world’s output of diamonds.
Treacherous reefs and shifting sand banks lie along Namibia’s shoreline, named the “Skeleton Coast” in the north. Many shipwrecked boats lie along this stretch.
Some of the country’s smaller ethnic groups – like the San (or Bushmen) in the east and the Himba in the north – keep to their age-old nomadic or semi-nomadic lifestyles.