• 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.

• 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.

• The Kunene Region has the world’s greatest concentration of black rhinos.

• Over a tenth of the Namibian population – from the Nama, Damara and San peoples – speak a click language.

• Etosha Pan is Africa’s largest saline pan, a vast white sheet visible from space.

• Namibia’s all-time greatest athlete, Frankie Fredericks, held the indoor world 200m record for eighteen years before Usain Bolt broke it in 2014.

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