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Windhoek, Namibia


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Windhoek is the capital of Namibia. Windhoek means 'windy corner' and lies at an altitude of 1645m (5428 feet) and is protected by dry winds from the chain of hills that surround it.

Windhoek was earlier known as Aigams. This means 'hot water'- a reference to the hot springs present in the region. The town, and the area around it were settled first by the Khoikhoin and Herero people. In colonial times, it came under the control of the Germans and later by South Africa in 1915. It was also the headquarters of the Khoikhoin (Khoi-Khoi) opposition to the German control. Ultimately, Namibia gained independence in 1990, and Windhoek became the national capital.


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Windhoek has a population of over 160,000 people. It is the main commercial center of the country, with the processing of cattle and sheep products being an important industry. It is connected by road and railway to other parts of the country and with South Africa by air as well. Important buildings and institutions in the city include the African Augustinian High School, secondary schools, museum, and administrative buildings.



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