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Windhuk, ǀAiǁGams, Otjomuise

Location of Windhoek in Namibia
Coordinates: 22°34′12″S 17°5′1″E / 22.57°S 17.08361°E / -22.57; 17.08361Coordinates: 22°34′12″S 17°5′1″E / 22.57°S 17.08361°E / -22.57; 17.08361
Country  Namibia
Region Khomas Region
Established 18 October 1890
 • Mayor Elaine Trepper
 • Deputy Mayor Gerson Hizembi Kamatuka
 • Total 249 sq mi (645 km2)
Population (2001)[1]
 • Total 233,529
 • Density 924/sq mi (356.6/km2)
Time zone WAT (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) WAST (UTC+2)
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.


  1. Republic of Namibia 2001 Population and Housing Census (Basic Analysis with Highlights ed.). Windhoek: Central Bureau of Statistics, National Planning Commission. July 2003. p. 21. ISBN 0869766147 .

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