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About Namibia

The Republic of Namibia shares land borders with Angola and Zambia to the north, Botswana to the east and South Africa to the south and east.

It gained independence from South Africa on 21 March 1990, following the Namibian War of Independence. Its capital and largest city is Windhoek. Namibia's economy is tied closely to South Africa's due to their shared history. The largest economic sectors are mining, agriculture, manufacturing, and tourism.

According to the Namibia Labour Force Survey Report 2012, conducted by the Namibia Statistics Agency, the country's unemployment rate is 27.4%. Unemployment rose to 36.7% in 2004. This estimate considers people in the informal economy as employed.

In 2013, global business and financial news provider, Bloomberg, named Namibia the top emerging market economy in Africa and the 13th best in the world. Namibia is also classified as an Upper Middle Income country by the World Bank, and ranks 87th out of 185 economies in terms of ease of doing business.