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About Niger

Niger, or officially the Republic of Niger is named after the Niger River. It is a landlocked country in Western Africa. It borders Chad to the east, Burkina Faso and Mali to the west, Nigeria and Benin to the south and Algeria and Libya to the North.
The diversity of Nigerien society can be traced back to the long independent histories of the regions and ethnic groups. The comparably short spans of various ethnic groups also add to this diversity.


Currency :

West African CFA Franc (XOF)

Area :

1,267,000 square km 

Population :

16,274,738 (estimate)

Language :

Official language- French
National languages- Hausa, Fulfulde, Gourmanchema, Kanuri, Zarma, Tamasheq.

Calling code :

227

Time zone :

WAT (UTC+1)


Climate and Geography

With much of the area under desert, Niger’s subtropical climate is very hot and dry. On the edges of the Niger River basin, there is a tropical climate. This area lies in the extreme south. Niger is located along the border between the Sahara and Sub-Saharan regions. It is a landlocked nation is West Africa. Its latitudinal extent is 11° and 24° N, and longitudinal extent is 0° and 16° E. The country borders seven countries and has a total boundary line of 5,697 kilometers.

Territory and Capital : A 1,270,000 km square of the land is covered by the country and this also makes it the largest nation in West Africa. Over 80 percent of its land area is covered by the Sahara desert.
Niger River is the lowest point with the elevation of 200 meters (656 ft.). Mount Idoukal-n-taghes is the highest point in the Air Mountains at 2,022 m (6,634 ft.).
The capital city is Niamey.

Suitable Visiting Seasons : The best time of the year for travelers to visit Niger is in the dry and cool months of November and January.

Transportation

The road transport and airways are the preferred means of travel in the country.


Tourist and Immigration Information

For information regarding the tourist and business visa, the nearest Nigerien embassy can be contacted.


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