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Full nameWindhoek
Official nameWindhoek
Native nameǀAiǁGams, Otjomuise
Settlement typeCity
RegionKhomas Region
Established18 October 1890
MayorElaine Trepper
Deputy MayorGerson Hizembi Kamatuka
Total Area249 sq mi (645 km2)
Total Population233529 (2001)
Density (pop.)356.6/km2 (923.6/sq mi)
Other information
Time zoneWAT (UTC+1)
- Summer (DST)WAST (UTC+2)

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Windhoek (c-eniconˈvɪnt.hʊk ; ) 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 1700 m above sea level. The 2001 census determined Windhoek's population was 233,529. A population influx from all over Namibia has caused researchers to estimate the figure now to be well over 300,000.

Due to its relative size Windhoek is, even more than many other national capital cities, the social, economic, and cultural centre of the country. Nearly every national enterprise is headquartered here. The University of Namibia is, too, as are the country's only theatre, all ministry head offices, and all major media and financial entities. The governmental budget of the city of Windhoek nearly equals those of all other Namibian local authorities combined.

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