Neil Parker contributed more variations of the regional capitals from two more sources. Morris Fisher also provided alternate capitals from the website devoted to addresses of world leaders. I discovered the Association of Regional Councils website and updated regional areas using its data. (This site lists populations that exactly correspond to the 1991 census, and areas that are rounded to the nearest tenth of a hectare - about 10,000 square feet, which may be higher precision than is justified.)
Alan Pritchard drew my attention to the new census results posted on the Website of the Namibia Ministry of Health and Social Services.
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South-West Africa was a German protectorate at the beginning of the 20th century. After World War I, when Germany was divested of all its colonies, South-West Africa was made a Class C mandated territory of South Africa (Treaty of Versailles, effective 1920-12-17). After World War II, there was a prolonged dispute in which South Africa continued to exercise its mandate, while the United Nations ineffectually revoked it. The United Nations renamed it from South-West Africa to Namibia on 1968-06-12. Namibia finally gained its independence from South Africa on 1990-03-21.
after the Namib Desert, from a Nama word variously translated as bare place, vast arid plain, area where there is nothing.
Namibia is divided into thirteen regions.
* Capitals: Different sources disagree about the regional capitals. In the table above, I've tried to give the majority opinion. "The Statesman's Year-Book", 1997-98 edition (SY); "The Times Comprehensive Atlas of the World", 2001 edition (TA); a 1994 book called "Payscope" (P) published by Encyclopaedia Universalis; a more recent Encyclopaedia Universalis online (subscribers only) map (EU); Johan van der Heyden's Global Statistics (GS) website; Werner Fröhlich's geonames.de (GN) website; the website of the Association of Regional Councils in the Republic of Namibia (RC); and the Address Directory For The Governmental Leaders of The World (AD) website have varying information about the capitals of six regions. (Note that AD is less trustworthy, because the address for a regional governor is not necessarily the regional capital.) The following list shows sources that disagree with the capitals listed in the table. These are all different places, and not just alternate names of the same place. (The book "Administrative Subdivisions of Countries" shows the same capitals as "The Statesman's Year-Book", which was my most trusted source for the data at the time it was written.)
See the Constituencies of Namibia page.
In the division into districts prevailing before 1990, Hereroland East was split into two disjoint parts, separated by Gobabis. The Caprivi Strip (Afrikaans: Caprivi Zipfel), a panhandle in the northeast, consisted of Caprivi East and part of Kavango.
Dr. Klaus Dierks has an extensive website on Namibian history . I found a number of details for the change history there.
|Caprivi East||70,782||11,533||4,453||r||Katima Mulilo||Caprivi|
|Hereroland East||25,255||51,949||20,058||r||Otjinene||Omaheke, Otjozondjupa|
|Swakopmund||20,757||44,697||17,258||m||Swakopmund||Erongo, Hardap, Kunene|
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