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: 22,772,361 (2020)

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

  • Thu - Jul 29, 2021: Niger's Need to Improve the Education of Girls - AllAfrica News: Niger
    [Chatham House] As the replenishment of the Global Partnership for Education kicks off, the British ambassador to Niger writes about the country's need to keep girls in school
  • Wed - Jul 14, 2021: President Tebboune Announces Opening of Borders Between Algeria, Niger to Ease Trade Exchanges - AllAfrica News: Niger
    [Algerie Presse Service] Algiers -- President of the Republic, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, announced Tuesday in Algiers the opening of the land borders between Algeria and Niger to ease trade exchanges between the two countries.
  • Mon - Jul 12, 2021: Dozens Die in 'Terrorist' Attack in Restive Niger-Mali Border Zone - AllAfrica News: Niger
    [RFI] Five civilians, four soldiers and 40 armed attackers were killed on Sunday in a clash in Niger's southwest region near the border with Mali, according to a statement from the authorities in Niger's capital, Niamey.
  • Sat - Jul 10, 2021: We Need Technological Assistance - President Bazoum - AllAfrica News: Niger
    [DW] Amid growing Islamist violence in the Sahel, Niger's new President Mohamed Bazoum explains how he plans on tackling terrorism in his country.
  • Fri - Jul 9, 2021: Merkel Promises Continued Support for Niger - AllAfrica News: Niger
    [DW] The chancellor welcomed President Mohamed Bazoum to Berlin, praising the good things his country was doing while underscoring the difficult challenges it faced -- not least the terrorism that dominates the Sahel region.