• Namibia is the second least densely populated country in the world after Mongolia, with only 2.68 inhabitants per square kilometre.
• Rugby union has been played in Namibia since 1916, and the national team has qualified for the last five world cups.
• On account of low population density and low light pollution, the country’s glittering night sky is one of the world’s top stargazing destinations; in 2013 the private NamibRand Reserve became Africa’s first designated Dark Sky Reserve.
• Though social inequalities are slowly improving, the richest ten percent of the population – including the six percent white minority – receive over half the national income, whereas the poorest ten percent receive only one percent.
• Over the last thirty years numbers of the critically endangered black rhino have increased five-fold in the Kunene Region, resulting in the world’s greatest concentration of these magnificent beasts.
• Over a tenth of the Namibian population – from the Nama, Damara and San people – speak a click language. Ju|hoansi, spoken by the country’s thirty thousand San citizens, has 48 click consonants.
• Etosha Pan is Africa’s largest saline pan, a vast white sheet visible from space.
• In 2014 Olympic, World and Commonwealth medallist Frankie Fredericks, Namibia’s all-time greatest athlete, saw Usain Bolt break his indoor world 200m record, which had stood for eighteen years.
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