Africa

Niger profile

  • 21 May 2013
  • From the section Africa
Image caption Children at an Islamic school in Niamey
  • Full name: The Republic of Niger
  • Population: 16.6 million (UN, 2012)
  • Capital: Niamey
  • Area: 1.27 million sq km (489,000 sq miles)
  • Major languages: French (official), Arabic, Hausa, Songhai
  • Major religions: Islam, indigenous beliefs
  • Life expectancy: 55 years (men), 56 years (women) (UN)
  • Monetary unit: 1 CFA (Communaute Financiere Africaine) franc = 100 centimes
  • Main exports: Uranium, livestock products
  • GNI per capita: US $360 (World Bank, 2011)
  • Internet domain: .ne
  • International dialling code: +227