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Niger covers a land area of almost 1,270,000 km2, making it the largest country in West Africa. Over 80% of its land area lies in the Sahara Desert. The country's predominantly Islamic Population of about 21 million mostly clusters in the far south and west of the country. The capital city is Niamey, located in Niger’s southwest corner.

Languages: French (official), Arabic, Hausa, Songhai


Ethnic Groups: Haoussa 55.4%, Djerma Sonrai 21%, Tuareg 9.3%, Peuhl 8.5%, Kanouri Manga 4.7%, other 1.2%


Belief Systems: Muslim 80%, other (includes indigenous beliefs and Christian) 20%




Population: 17.9 million people (World Rank: 61st) (2014 estimate)
Population Density: 36.5 people/mi^2 (People per Square Mile) (World Rank: 217th) (2014 estimate)
Population Growth: 3.58 %/yr (World Rank: 2nd) (2013 estimate)
Life Expectancy: 58.4 years (World Rank: 205th) (2013 estimate)
Median Age: 15.1 years (World Rank: 198th) (2010 estimate) Sites for More Information:


Map of Niger
Map from the University of Texas Library

United Nations Country Profile for Niger

Wikipedia Entry for Niger

Current News in Niger
from allAfrica.com

Niger - Facts and Information 1
United Nations Economic Commision for Africa African Information Society Initiative

Niger - Facts and Information 2
Columbia Encyclopedia Entry for Niger

Niger - Facts and Information 3
The World Factbook Entry for Niger

Culture and Tourism:

Traveling to Niger 1
Comprehensive travel information from africaguide.com


Traveling to Niger 2

Events in Niger

Travel Guide for Niger
Wikitravel Entry for Niger

Language Resources:

Learn French Online

Learn French Online 2
from mylanguages.org

French language, alphabet, and pronunciation
from omniglot.com

French Language Games
from digitaldialects.com

Government Related:

Embassy of Niger
in Washington D.C.

Government Websites of Niger
Directory of government Websites and other links by Gunnar Anzinger

Local Weather Conditions

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