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I took a drive up to one of the high points in Windhoek to photograph the view looking westward over the city. In the mid-ground you can see the newly constructed "State House" a building of some controversy.

Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, is located in a basin between the Khomas Highland, Auas and Eros Mountains and is situated in almost the exact centre of the country. Windhoek is home to approximately three hundred thousand people, an extremely small capital by global standards. This number is growing rapidly at present and is mainly due to a lack of employment in rural areas and an influx into the city.

The Windhoek city centre is characterised by a proliferation of German style buildings, a lasting reminder of Namibia's early colonial history. Early buildings such as the Alte Feste (old fort), Christuskirche and Tintenpalast ("Ink Palace" - the parliament buildings) are of particular historical interest.
Recent development has seen the construction of “The State House of the Republic of Namibia” which is the administrative centre of the country and the official residence of the President. Located in the Auasblick suburb of Windhoek, the State House was constructed by Mansudae Overseas Projects of North Korea from September 2002 to March 2008 a total of 66 months. Both the cost of the project (over half a billion Namibia Dollars (70 million USD)), and the design and construction contract has been at the heart of much public discontent. Many people feel the money should have been spent on improving the lot of the poor and marginalised, other believe the design reflects nothing of Namibia but rather replicate an aesthetic which is distinctly North Korean

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