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Namibia People

    Population: 1,648,270 (July 1999 est.)

    Age structure:
    0-14 years: 44% (male 366,030; female 358,105)
    15-64 years: 52% (male 424,879; female 435,116)
    65 years and over: 4% (male 26,787; female 37,353) (1999 est.)

    Population growth rate: 1.57% (1999 est.)

    Birth rate: 35.63 births/1,000 population (1999 est.)

    Death rate: 19.92 deaths/1,000 population (1999 est.)

    Net migration rate: 0 migrant(s)/1,000 population (1999 est.)

    Sex ratio:
    at birth: 1.03 male(s)/female
    under 15 years: 1.02 male(s)/female
    15-64 years: 0.98 male(s)/female
    65 years and over: 0.72 male(s)/female
    total population: 0.98 male(s)/female (1999 est.)

    Infant mortality rate: 65.94 deaths/1,000 live births (1999 est.)

    Life expectancy at birth:
    total population: 41.26 years
    male: 41.64 years
    female: 40.87 years (1999 est.)

    Total fertility rate: 4.94 children born/woman (1999 est.)

    Nationality:
    noun: Namibian(s)
    adjective: Namibian

    Ethnic groups: black 86%, white 6.6%, mixed 7.4%
    note: about 50% of the population belong to the Ovambo tribe and 9% to the Kavangos tribe; other ethnic groups are: Herero 7%, Damara 7%, Nama 5%, Caprivian 4%, Bushmen 3%, Baster 2%, Tswana 0.5%

    Religions: Christian 80% to 90% (Lutheran 50% at least, other Christian denominations 30%), native religions 10% to 20%

    Languages: English 7% (official), Afrikaans common language of most of the population and about 60% of the white population, German 32%, indigenous languages: Oshivambo, Herero, Nama

    Literacy:
    definition: age 15 and over can read and write
    total population: 38%
    male: 45%
    female: 31% (1960 est.)

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