Travel Information for Niger
Time zone:GMT +1 (West Africa time) Daylight savings:    None
Main languages:French
Other languages:Hausa, Tuareg, Djerma, Fulani
Currency: Communaute Financiere Africaine francs (XOF)

1 = CAF655, $1 = CAF0.00, £1 = CAF781

(rates as of Sep 2016)

Internet Domain:.neInternational Dialling Code:    227

For help planning your trip to Niger including visas, vaccinations, currency exchange, flights, accomodation and insurance, see our Niger trip planning page.

Further information on Niger

Discover more about Niger - the country's geogrpahy and natural features, an assessment of its status on freedom and rights and data on the country's population and economy.

Geography & Natural Features

Map of niger

Total area: 1,267,000 sq km (300 sq km under water)

Coastline: 0 km (landlocked)

Neighbours (border lengths): Algeria (956km), Benin (266km), Burkina Faso (628km), Chad (1,175km), Libya (354km), Mali (821km), Nigeria (1,497km)

Climate: Mostly a desert climate with hot, dry and dusty conditions but there is a tropical climate in the extreme south.

Highest mountain: Mont Bagzane (2,022m)

Freedom & Rights

Summary status and rankings for Niger from classifications of different organisations measuring political and economic freedom, democracy and civil rights. See more details of these rankings.

Freedom in the WorldPartly Free -
Democracy IndexHybrid regime 115/167
Economic FreedomMostly Unfree 127/179
Press FreedomSatisfactory situation 46/179
ILGA LGBT rightsLimited rights -
Corruption PerceptionsMedium corruption 103/174
Overall Ranking:    117/195

Other Data & Links

Full name: Republic of Niger     Status: Independent Country

Population: 17,466,172 (rank: 62/196)     Density: 13.7 people/sq km (rank: 176/196)

Ethnic groups: Haoussa 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 beliefs and Christian) 20%

GDP (PPP): $13.98 billion       GDP per capita: $800 (rank: 189/195)

Information derived from the CIA World Factbook. Other country profiles: BBC News.