Namibia Population 2017
Namibia, officially the Republic of Namibia, is a country in southern Africa named for the Namib Desert that is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, Angola, Zambia, Botswana, and South Africa. It does not border Zimbabwe, but the distance between the two countries is a 200-meter-wide riverbed at the closet point. In 2017, Namibia has an estimated population of 2.53 million.
Namibia's population is estimated at 2.53 million, compared to 2.1 million in 2011. Namibia is one of the least densely populated countries in the world with just 2 people per square kilometer, which ranks 235th. The only sovereign country that is less densely populated is Mongolia.
The largest city and capital is Windhoek, with a population of about 322,000. This is the only city with a population exceeding 100,000. The next-largest cities are Rundu and Walvis Bay, with about 62,000 people each.
Most Namibian people are of Bantu-speaking origin. The largest ethnic group is the Ovambo (49.8%), who live mostly in the north of the country and in towns throughout Namibia. Other ethnic groups include Kavango (9.3%), Damara (7.5%), Herero (7.5%), white (6.4%), Nama (4.8%) Caprivian (3.7%), San (2.9%), and Basters (2.5%).
The Khoisan (including the San and Nama) are descended from original inhabitants of Southern Africa. Namibia also has many descendants of Angolan refugees. There are two groups of mixed race people in Namibia: "Coloureds" (4.1%) and "Basters." Namibia also has a large Chinese minority.
Whites (Portuguese, British, German and Afrikaner) account for 6.4% of the population and make up the second-largest group of European ancestry in Sub-Saharan Africa. Most Namibian whites and most of the people of mixed race speak Afrikaans. A small amount of whites in the country are descendants of German colonial settlers.
Christians account for 80-90% of the population, while 10-20% have indigenous beliefs.