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ǀAi-ǁGams (Khoekhoegowab)
Otjomuise (Otjiherero)
Windhuk (German)
Coat of arms of Windhoek
Coat of arms
Coordinates: 22°34′12″S 17°5′1″E / 22.57000°S 17.08361°E / -22.57000; 17.08361Coordinates: 22°34′12″S 17°5′1″E / 22.57000°S 17.08361°E / -22.57000; 17.08361
RegionKhomas Region
First settled1840
Second founding18 October 1890
 • MayorFransina Kahungo[1]
 • Deputy MayorIan Subasubani[2]
 • Total5,133 km2 (1,982 sq mi)
1,655 m (5,430 ft)
 • Total325,858
 • Density62.8/km2 (163/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Windhoek at the end of the 19th century
Stamps for German South West Africa postmarked Windhuk

Windhoek (German: Windhuk) is the capital city of Namibia. It has a population of 230,000 people. Windhoek is the trade center for sheep skins. The area was controlled by Germany in 1885. It became the capital of the German colony, German South-West Africa, in 1892. During World War I, Windhoek was captured by South Africa. It was the capital of South West Africa (Namibia) under South African control until the independence of Namibia in 1990.

Windhoek has a semi-desert climate.

Windhoek is known to be among the cleanest cities in Africa [4].

A street in Windhoek


  1. City of Windhoek, 2019-12-16
  2. [1]
  3. "Table 4.2.2 Urban population by Census years (2001 and 2011)". Namibia 2011 – Population and Housing Census Main Report. Namibia Statistics Agency. p. 39. Retrieved 24 August 2016. 
  4. Namibia battles to regain its ‘cleanest in Africa’ status || The Southern Times

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