cardboard box travel shop logo

Cardboard Box Travel Shop


The people of namibia

an overview of Namibia's population

About 2.2 million people share the vast spaces of Namibia, the country has one of the lowest population densities in the world with 1.5 people per square kilometre. It is thought that only about a quarter of Namibians live in urban areas, although this figure is certainly increasing as growing numbers of unemployed people leave their villages and farms.

The population of Namibia is not evenly distributed with about 60% of people living in the northern regions, while the southern and coastal areas are almost unpopulated. Namibia's population can be divided into (at least) 11 ethnic groups, the biggest group of which is the Owambo people. As a country Namibia is still trying to find a national identity, but each of the countries cultural groups has its own a rich heritage and traditions.

Due to the unfortunate apartheid history of Namibia the division of people into cultural or tribal groups is an extremely sensitive issue, and most people prefer to think of themselves as Namibians.

The population of Namibia can be divided into the following groups.

  • People of Namibia: Bushman / San
  • People of Namibia: Herero Ladies
  • People of Namibia: Himba Child
  • People of Namibia: Damara Man
  • People of Namibia: Use Your Head
View more pictures:
Now Loading

Accommodation in Namibia