Namibia lies on the south-west coast of Africa.
This is one of the world's driest and least densely populated countries, after Mongolia. A large part of the country lies in the Namib Desert, one of the oldest deserts in the world. The Kalahari is another desert in Namibia.
Etosha National Park has a salt pan so large it can be seen from space. It is home to many different animals such as elephants, lions, zebras and over 340 species of birds.
Half of the population works in agriculture, but Namibia must still import food, simply because it's impossible to grow enough crops on the extremely dry land to feed the population.
Namibia is home to one of the toughest foot races in the world – the Namibian Ultra Marathon. Runners can suffer from heat exhaustion and water loss.
One of the most famous athletes from Namibia is Frankie Fredericks, a sprinter (100m and 200m). He won four Olympic Silver medals at Barcelona 1992 and Atlanta 1996, and also has Gold medals from the World Athletics Championships.
Another athlete star is Johanna Benson. She made history when she became the first winner of a Gold medal for Namibia in the London 2012 Paralympic Games, in the 200m T37 sprint.
Namibia joined the Commonwealth in 1990.
Since making its Commonwealth Games debut at Victoria 1994, Namibia has competed in every Games. In 1994 Frankie Fredericks took Gold in the Men's 200m Final and Bronze in the 100m Final. He reclaimed the 200m title at the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games.
At the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games, Jaref Uutoni continued the Gold success by winning the Light Flyweight Boxing class. A Boxing Silver and Bronze medals from Para-Sport Athletics and Women's Trap Shooting at the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games ensured Namibia's overall medal tally increased.