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Windhoek (/ˈvɪnt.hʊk/ VINT-huuk; German: ; Khoekhoe: ǀAiǁgams; Otjiherero: Otjomuise) is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Namibia. It is located in central Namibia in the Khomas Highland plateau area, at around 1,700 metres (5,600 ft) above sea level, almost exactly at the country's geographical centre. The population of Windhoek in 2011 was 325,858, growing continually due to an influx from all over Namibia. The town developed at the site of a permanent spring known to the indigenous pastoral communities. It developed rapidly after Jonker Afrikaner, Captain of the Orlam, settled here in 1840 and built a stone church for his community. In the decades following, multiple wars and armed hostilities resulted in the neglect and destruction of the new settlement. Windhoek was founded a second time in 1890 by Imperial German Army Major Curt von François, when the territory became colonised by Germany. Windhoek is the social, economic, political, and cultural centre of the country. Nearly every Namibian national enterprise, governmental body, educational and cultural institution is headquartered here.


A place in Namibia, Windhoek is an interesting place to visit, given its unique culture, history and character. A vacation to Windhoek can typically be of 1-2 days. Immerse in the spirit of the city and you'll not miss your home.

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Facts and Stats for Windhoek*

  • Pollution Statistics in Windhoek

    Know the pollution level of Windhoek before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 28.13 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 60.29 (High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 52.94 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 27.94 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 36.76 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 31.67 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 26.47 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 48.53 (Moderate)
  • Windhoek: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Windhoek for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Windhoek.

    • Burglary and Theft 81.25 (Very High)
    • Mugging and Robbery 77.78 (High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 73.02 (High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 84.13 (Very High)
    • Car Stealing 53.97 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 75.79 (High)
    • Attacks 71.37 (High)
    • Drug offense 65.48 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 55.38 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during night 17.06 (Very Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 59.13 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 52.02 (Moderate)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 73.77 (High)
  • Living in Windhoek - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Windhoek is 134.31 (High)

    • Safety Index 27.8 (Low)
    • Climate Index 84.97 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 41.72 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 29.38 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 40.61 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 58.33 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 7.81 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 57.84 (Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Windhoek

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Windhoek

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.08 USD
    • International Movie per seat 4.05 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 38.84 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 85.16 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 48.92 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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