Etiquette in Namibia

Namibia is found on the Atlantic coast of southern Africa. The country has a population of a bit over 2 million people.

The nation is a unitary semi-presidential republic.

The official language of Namibia is English. However, there are thirteen official regional languages, including Afrikaans, English, German, Ju’hoansi, Khoekhoegowab, Oshikwanyama, Oshindonga, Otjiherero, Rukwangali, Rumanyo, Setswana, Silozi, and Thimbukushu.

Almost all Namibians practice Christianity, with 75% favoring Protestantism. Around 10 to 20% of the population practice indigenous religious beliefs.

The currency of country is the Namibian dollar.

Greetings Etiquette

The African handshake is preferred. It begins with a Western-style handshake, continues to two locked thumbs, and ends with a return to a Western-style handshake. Men may continue to hold hands while talking.

Shake hands with the right hand.

Women generally don’t shake hands with one another. They may choose not to shake hands with members of the opposite sex.

Dress Etiquette

It’s fine to dress informally in public in Namibia. However, avoid clothing that is too tight-fitting or revealing.

Women tend to dress conservatively, favoring long skirts. However, styles may be different in cities.