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5 Interesting Facts About Namibia

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Namibia is a little-known country in the southern part of Africa. The official name of the country is the Republic of Namibia. It is bordered by Zambia and Angola to the north, Botswana to the east and South Africa to the south
and east and the Atlantic Ocean to the west.

Here are some interesting facts about Namibia:

The Name Namibia

Namibia got its name from the Namib’s desert; this is the world’s oldest desert. No one knows exactly how old the desert is but scientists have identified that sand has existed in the desert for over a million years.

Population

It has a population of over 2 million in a country that is twice the size of California.  Only Mongolia is less populous. With this population, they house 13 ethnic groups. Also, the citizens speak up to 30 languages. The most popular of these is Oshiwambo. English is the recognized official language.

Environmental protection

Namibia is the first country in the world to incorporate environmental protection in their constitution. This makes it very open to tourists for tourism.

Canyon

Namibia homes the second largest canyon in the world. The Fish River Canyon, located close to the border with South Africa, is also the oldest in the world. Researchers have determined that the canyon was formed at least 500 million years ago through water and wind erosion, coupled with the collapse of the valley floor.

Skeleton coast

The skeleton coast in Namibia serves as the biggest grave site for sailors. In the 1940’s, a slate was discovered along with human skeletons. The slate was written by a survivor and directed anyone who found it north. Unfortunately, the wreck had happened close to a century earlier.

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