Niger

Niger Overview

Niger is a large, landlocked country situated in West Africa. Barren desert and mountains cover most of northern Niger. A grassy, thinly wooded plain extends along the southern border. The country, officially called the Republic of Niger, takes its name from the Niger River, which flows through its southwest corner.

The people of Niger belong to many different ethnic groups, each with its own language and customs. Almost all the people are black Africans, and a large majority are Muslims. Niger became an independent nation in 1960 when France had ruled it for about 60 years before its independence.

CLIMATE

Niger is one of the hottest places in the world, with average daily temperatures in Niamey reaching 95° to 100 °F (35° to 38 °C). Most of Niger’s rain falls in the savanna area.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

CAPITAL: Niamey
POPULATION: 13.2 million
LANGUAGE: French
CURRENCY: CFA Franc BCEAO
ELECTRIC CURRENT: 220V, 50Hz. To power any electrical item an international adapter or a two pin plug is required.
COUNTRY DIALLING CODE: +227
TIME ZONE: GMT/UTC + 1

TRAVEL WARNING

We advise increased caution when travelling out of Niamey by road. We have received reports of increased criminal activity outside of Niamey. This has included attacks by armed bandits on foreign visitors. Foreign nationals have been abducted by armed groups in the past, though mainly in the north and east of the country. As with travel in other parts of Niger you should travel in convoy and with a local guide. You should seek advice from the police and security forces for all travel out of Niamey.

Information provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK www.fco.gov.uk