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Windhoek
ǀAi-ǁGams (Khoekhoegowab)
Otjomuise (Otjiherero)
Windhuk (German)
City
Skyline of Windhoek
Coat of arms of Windhoek
Coat of arms
Country Namibia
Region Khomas Region
First settled 1840
Second founding 18 October 1890
Area
 • Total 5,133 km2 (1,982 sq mi)
Elevation 1,655 m (5,430 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 325,858
 • Density 62.8/km2 (163/sq mi)
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
Climate BSh
Windhoek ende 19 jahrhundert
Windhoek at the end of the 19th century
Windhuk stamp
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.

Windhoek is known to be among the cleanest cities in Africa .

A Windhoek Street
A street in Windhoek


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