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Quick Facts
Capital Niamey
Government Military Government
Currency Communaute Financiere Africaine franc (XOF)
Area total: 1.267 million km2
water: 300 km2
land: 1,266,700 km2
Population 11,665,937 (July 2006 est.)
Language French (official), Hausa, Djerma
Religion Muslim 80%, remainder indigenous beliefs and Christian
Electricity 220V/50Hz (European plug)
Calling Code +227
Internet TLD .ne
Time Zone UTC+1

Travel Warning

WARNING: Areas near the Mali border are essentially lawless, and travel near the border is STRONGLY discouraged. Several western tourists have been kidnapped in recent years and at least two (a Frenchman & Briton) have been executed by al Qaeda after being kidnapped near the Mali-Niger border. Agadez is the center of the ongoing Tuareg rebellion (as of June 2009) and travel to the city and surrounding region is dangerous and discouraged.

Niger (pronounced: nee-ZHAIR) is an arid, landlocked country of the Sahel with a population of 12 million. It is bordered by Algeria, Mali, Burkina Faso, Benin, Nigeria, Chad and Libya. Niger is a former French colony which was granted independence in 1960. The land is mostly desert plains and dunes, with rolling savanna in the southeast.



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