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Living in Namibia

General Information

Population:

  • 2.113 million (2011 census).

Climate:

  • Arid and semi-arid.

  • Hottest months, November to February (average temperatures 20-36 ºC).

  • Colder months between May and August (average temperatures 6-10 ºC in the mornings and 18-22 ºC during the day).

Language:

  • English is the official language.

 

Capital:

  • Windhoek (administrative, judicial and legislative capital).

 

Quality of Life:

  • Peace, stability and good governance.

  • First world road, rail and air infrastructure.

  • Excellent telecommunications network.

  • Stable labour environment.

  • Fast, efficient and transparent bureaucracy.

 

Medical Services:

  • The doctor/patient ratio is one doctor per 1:2954.

  • Qualifications of medical practitioners is on par with international Standards.

  • All major towns have state run hospitals.

  • International SOS provides emergency evacuation services.

 

Business Hours

  • Offices: Monday to Friday, 08h00 to 17h00.

  • Banks: Monday to Friday, 09h00 to 15h30 and Saturdays, 08h30 to 12h00.

Housing

Most expats live in houses with three or four bedrooms. For a short-term contract, you can rent corporate serviced apartments on a monthly basis.

 

You can search for accommodation on the internet, liaise with real estate agents or get in touch with the expat community living in Namibia for information

When negotiating on the rental contract, try to have your utilities included in the monthly rent. All terms of rental agreements can be freely negotiated between landlords and tenants, including the length of the lease and the initial deposit, although a one-year contract and a deposit of one month’s rent are customary.

Rental or Purchase of Property

Expats from Western European countries will likely find the housing prices quite reasonable and be able to get good value for their money. Rental prices generally range from 15,000 to 45,000 NAD per month. These prices vary widely, however, based on quality, location, size, and other factors. Some single expats choose to share an apartment or house to cut costs while they are living in Namibia.

There are no restrictions on expats buying property in Namibia. Property in Windhoek usually sells for around 20,000 NAD per square meter in the city center and 16,000 NAD per square meter outside of the center. These prices are lower in Namibia’s smaller cities and towns.

Household

Some expats employ one or more locals as a housekeeper or maid, gardener, or nanny. Most hired help is not live-in, and employed on an hourly basis as opposed to full time. If full-time domestic employees are hired, they must be enrolled in the social security system at your expense and receive at least 24 days of paid leave per year.

In Windhoek, expats usually live in protected houses or compounds, with security systems. As one moves outside the capital, there are less of these types of safety precautions. In general, life in Namibia is much safer than other African countries in this regard.

Shopping

In Windhoek, there are three shopping malls and several major South African supermarket chains, but in smaller cities and towns, there are less variety. Meat is a major part of the Namibian diet. Most grocery stores and restaurants carry quality meat, from beef to zebra and oryx, at very reasonable prices. Some foods may be limited due to seasonal availability.

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