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Destination Niger, a virtual guide to this landlocked country in Western Africa. This page aims to give you a broad overview of Nigerien art, culture, people, environment, geography, history, economy and government.
Beside a country profile with facts and figures, the page contains links to sources which provide you with all the information you need to know about this African nation, e.g.: official web sites of Niger, addresses of Niger and foreign embassies, domestic airlines, city- and country guides with extensive travel and tourism information on accommodation, tourist attractions, events and more like weather information, maps, statistics and local newspapers from Niger.

National Assembly
The National Assembly of Niger

Republic of Niger | Republique du Niger

Country Profile

Niger Flag
Flag of Niger

Despite the fact that the country has some of the world's largest uranium deposits, Niger is one of the poorest countries in the world, a landlocked Sub-Saharan nation, whose economy centers on subsistence crops and livestock.
Niger suffered austere military rule for much of its post-independence history. Not until 1993, 33 years after independence from France, did Niger hold its first free and open elections. A 1995 peace accord ended a five-year revolt by Tuareg tribes, who accused the government of failing to deliver on promised economic aid. Coups in 1996 and 1999 were followed by the creation of a National Reconciliation Council that effected a transition to civilian rule in December 1999.

related countries: France

border countries: Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad, Libya, Mali, Nigeria
where in Africa is Niger?

Official Name:
Republique du Niger
short form: Niger
int'l long form: Republic of Niger

ISO Country Code: ne

Local Time = UTC +1h
Actual Time: Sun-June-25  14:46

Country Calling Code: +227

Capital City: Niamey (pop. approx. 675 000)

Other Cities: Tahoua, Maradi, Zinder, Diffa, Dosso, Arlit, and Agadez.

Type:  Republic, multiparty Presidential regime.
Head of State: President Mamadou Tandja
Independence: 3 August 1960 (from France).

Location: Western Africa, southeast of Algeria.
Area: 1,267,000 kmĀ² (490,000 sq. mi.).
Terrain: About two-thirds desert and mountains, one-third savanna.

Climate: Hot, dry, and dusty; tropical in extreme south. Rainy season June - September.

Nationality: Nigerien(s).
Population 11.5 million.
Ethnic groups: Hausa 56%, Djerma 22%, Fula 8.5%, Tuareg 8%, Beri Beri (Kanuri) 4.3%; Arab, Toubou, and Gourmantche 1.2%.
Religions: Islam (95%); remainder indigenous beliefs and Christian.
Languages: French (official), Hausa, Djerma, Fulfulde, Kanuri, Tamachek, Toubou, Gourmantche, Arabic.
Literacy: 15-30%

Natural resources: Uranium, coal, iron ore, tin, phosphates, gold, petroleum.

Agriculture products: Millet, sorghum, rice, corn, fruits, vegetables, cotton, peanuts, cassava, cowpeas.

Industries: Uranium mining, cement, brick, textiles, food processing, chemicals .

Currency: CFA Franc (XOF)

Niger in Figures
More Niger related statistical data.

Source: Embassy of Niger, Canada and others.

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Official Sites of Niger

Presidence de la Republique du Niger
The Presidency of the Republic of Niger, site with information on Niger and (in French).

Assemblée nationale du Niger
The National Assembly of Niger (in French).

Direction Nationale de l'Informatique
Hosts the site of the presidency and the ministry of finance (in French).

Mission permanente du Niger auprès de l'Organisation des Nations Unies
Marginal site of the representation of Niger to the UN.
The United Nations Development Programme in Niger
The information on this UNDP Niger site is not very up-to-date (in French).
Ambassade du Niger Embassy
Embassy of Niger in Canada.

Institut National de la Statistique du Niger
National Instiute for Statistics (in French).

Niger in Figures
Niger key statistical data.


Map of Niger
Political Map of Niger.
Administrative Map of Niger
Map of Nigerien administrative divisions..
Google Earth Google Earth Niger
Searchable map/satellite view of Niger.
Google Earth Google Earth Niamey
Searchable map/satellite view of Niger's capital city.

Political Map of Africa
The 54 countries of Africa.
Map of Africa
A Relief Map of Africa.



Le Republicain
Journal Nigérien, News from Niger (in French).
Baobab Info
Nigérien press, TV, radio, music (in French).
With news and information on Nigerr (in French).
Friends of Niger
Initiate and/or support activities related to Niger with up-to-date coverage of Niger's 2005 Famine.
UN humanitarian news and information service covers the situation in Niger.
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Arts & Culture

Fofo Magazine
The magazine for Niger music with information on artists and MP3 streaming (in French).

Jeux de la Francophonie
Official site with information about the (sport) games, as well as about Niger (in French).

L'art et l'artisanat au Niger
Nigerian Arts and Culture (in French)

Friends of Niger
Initiate and/or support activities related to Niger.

Business & Economy

Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO)
Central Bank of Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal, and Togo.

Union Économique et Monétaire Ouest Africaine (UEMOA)
West African Economic and Monetary Union (in French), le portail de la Zone Franc CFA
Information about business and investment in the African countries within the monetary system of the Franc Zone - CFA. (in French)

Investir au Niger
Investment conditions and opportunities in Niger (in French).

Destination Niger - Country and People

Discover Niger, one of the hottest countries in the world: Niamey, Agadez, Sahel, Mont Bagzane, Aïr Massif, Timia Oasis, Ténéré Dunes, River Niger.

Agadez, les Touaregs
Agadez (Agadès) the capital of the Tuareg people (in French).
Agadez Tourisme Sarl
Tourism site of a Agadez based tour operator.
Aïr Voyages Niger
Travel and tourism information with a gallery for Niger by this Agadez based tour operator (in French).
Decouvrez le Niger
Site maintained by Nigeriens about Niger (in French).
Les Internautes du Ténéré
Niamey based site with some information about the country (in French).
La République du Niger
News and country information.

Native indigenous peoples
Hausa related page (in Hausa).
Tuaregs, Touaregs
Tuaregs, the nomadic people's culture and history.
Information on the Tuareg people by Yusuf Yoshinori FUKUI.

Article on the Ceremonies of the Wodaabe
by Sunday Times, ZA

Travel and Tour Consumer Information
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Africa Speaks
A collection of essays and stories by Nigerien university students, about growing up and living in West Africa on the fault line between traditional and western cultures.

Brief overview of the history, current enrollment, governance, administration, research and publications of the Niger's higher education institutions.

Environment & Nature

IRD au Niger
French research institute for development.

The  Reference Centre for Applications of Meteorology  and Climate for Sustainable Development of Africa
ACMAD's mission is the provision of weather and climate information and  for the promotion of sustainable development of Africa in the fields of agriculture, water resources, health, public safety and renewable energy.


Histoire de l'Afrique de l'Ouest: Niger
History of Niger, the site is created by historians from West African universities.
Timeline: Niger
A chronology of key events in Niger's history.

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