Internationally renowned for its Goreangab Water Reclamation Plant, the world’s first plant to convert domestic sewage into drinkable water, Windhoek is the capital city for the Republic of Namibia.
Besides serving as Namibia’s political capital, Windhoek is its country’s administrative, commercial and industrial center strategically positioned to benefit from international trade. Namibia exports in 2016 totaled US$4.8 billion.
Highest-value Namibian exports are diamonds, radioactive chemicals and isotopes, copper, fish and zinc according to the International Trade Centre.
Capital Facts for Windhoek, Namibia: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: National Museum of Namibia, Christuskirche, Heroes Acre, St. Mary’s Catholic Cathedral, Independence Stadium and the Kalahari Sands Casino
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Windhoek, Namibia:
- Jacques Burger, World Cup rugby player (born Jul. 29, 1983)
- Frankie Fredericks, Olympic sprint medalist (born Oct. 2, 1967)
- Franja du Plessis, singer-songwriter (born Jan. 2, 1994)
- Rudolf Bester, soccer player/footballer (born Jul. 19, 1983)
- EES, hip hop artist (born Oct. 5, 1982)
- Marc Bassingthwaighte, Olympic cyclist (born Oct. 11, 1983)
- Trevor Dodds, professional golfer (born Sep. 26, 1959)
- Erik Hoffmann, professional bicycle road racer (born Aug. 22, 1981)
- Anton Bresler, rugby player (born Feb. 16, 1988 )
- Jonas Matheus, Olympic boxer (born Apr. 29, 1986)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches mostly targeting published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a resident of Namibia: Namibian
Population: 370,000 (Windhoek)
Density: 11,212 people per square mile (4,329 per square kilometer)
Population: 2,436,469 (Namibia)
Density: 8 people per square mile (3 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$27.04 billion in 2016 (for Namibia, per CIA World Factbook)
GDP per person: $11,800
Note: The above country-level GDP metrics are on a Purchasing Power Parity basis and are in U.S. dollars. Credible city GDP statistics for Windhoek were unavailable.
Official currency used in Windhoek: Namibian dollar
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on January 16, 2017
City of Windhoek, Interesting Facts about Windhoek. Accessed on January 16, 2017
Demographia, World Urban Area, 12th Annual Edition. Accessed on January 16, 2017
International Trade Centre, Trade Map. Accessed on January 16, 2017
Official Government Website, City of Windhoek. Accessed on January 16, 2017
The World Factbook, Africa: Namibia, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on January 16, 2017
Wikimedia Commons, City Flags. Accessed on January 16, 2017
Note: Some city flags were unavailable. If so, attribution belongs to Wikimedia Commons for pertinent country flags.
Wikipedia, Windhoek. Accessed on January 16, 2017
Wikipedia, Namibia. Accessed on January 16, 2017
Including municipal city limits plus nearby communities, Windhoek’s built-up urban land area measures 33 square miles (85 square kilometers) with an estimated population of 370,000 residents in 2015.
Namibia’s national population count was 2.4 million inhabitants at July 2016, living over a vast territory encompassing 317,874 square miles (823,290 square kilometers).
Population density is much more concentrated within Namibia’s capital city Windhoek with an average 11,200 inhabitants per square mile (4,300 per square kilometer).
At the country level, Namibia’s density drops significantly to average just 8 people per square mile (3 per square kilometer). Namibia has the second-lowest population density of any sovereign country behind only Mongolia.
Namibia won its independence via South African mandate on March 21, 1990. Fittingly named Namibia’s Independence Day, each March 21 is celebrated as a national holiday.