Niger

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INFORMATION

Capital: Niamey

Government: Unitary Semi-Presidential Republic

Current President: Mahamadou Issoufou

Economy:

  • Agriculture contributes about 40% of GDP and provides livelihood for about 80% of the population.
  • Sizable reserves of oil.
  • Drought, desertification, and strong population growth have undercut the economy.

Population: 19,245,344 (2017)

Land Size: 1.27 million sq km (489,000 sq miles)

Major Ethnic Groups:

  • Hausa: 55.4%
  • Djerma Sonrai: 21%
  • Tuareg: 9.3%
  • Peuhl: 8.5%
  • Kanouri Manga: 4.7%
  • Other: 1.2% (2001 census)
Religions:

  • Muslim: 80%
  • Other (includes Indigenous African Religions and Christian): 20%

Language(s):

  • French (official)
  • Hausa
  • Djerma

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RECENT NEWS

  • Tue - Oct 9, 2018: Niger Tells Assembly UN Alone Can Solve Its Problems of Climate Change, Migration, Poverty and Terrorism - AllAfrica News: Niger
    [UN News] From the podium of the General Assembly, Niger - victim of the quadruple scourge of climate change, migration, poverty and terrorism - gave a ringing endorsement of the United Nations on Saturday as the "irreplaceable" Organization capable of resolving these and a host of other problems.
  • Tue - Oct 9, 2018: Three Cases of Polio Detected in Niger - AllAfrica News: Niger
    [Vanguard] Health officials have detected three cases of polio in southern Niger, near the border with Nigeria, the health ministry said Friday, just months after a major UN vaccination operation.
  • Fri - Sep 14, 2018: Africans Live A Decade Longer Than in 1990, But... - AllAfrica News: Niger
    [allAfrica] Cape Town -The level of human development in Sub-Saharan Africa, judged by how long people live for, how well they are educated and how much they earn, has improved by more than a third in the past three decades, according to a United Nations report published today.
  • Fri - Sep 14, 2018: Arid Niger a 'Model for Africa' As Desert Blooms - AllAfrica News: Niger
    [Thomson Reuters Foundation] Dargue, Niger -Four out of five of Niger's people eke out a living through farming or fishing, yet three-quarters of the country is arid