• 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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