200,000 in Namibia (2006). Population total all countries: 251,100.
Erongo, Kunene, and Otjozondjupa (Otiwarongo area) regions; south central near Ikaras and Hardap regions.
4 (Educational). Recognized language (2001, Education Act No. 16, Article 35), implemented by Ministry of Education, 2003.
Bondelswarts-Nama (Bondelswarts), Central Damara (Central Dama), Central Nama (Nama), Namidama, Sesfontein-Dama (Sesfontein Damara), Topnaar-Nama (Topnaar). Lexical similarity: Sesfontein Damara over 80% with central dialects, 80% with Haiom [hgm] (Haacke 2008).
Can be studied up to doctoral level at University of Namibia, also used in administration. Used as L2 by Hai||om [hgm].
Latin script [Latn].