Overland Journeys: West Africa Overland

Travel Information for Nigeria
Time zone:GMT +1 (West Africa time) Daylight savings:    None
Main languages:English
Other languages:Hausa, Yoruba, Ibo, Fulani
Currency: nairas (NGN)

1 = 350, $1 = 0.00, £1 = 417

(rates as of Sep 2016)

Internet Domain:.ngInternational Dialling Code:    234

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

Further information on Nigeria

Discover more about Nigeria - 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 nigeria

Total area: 923,768 sq km (13,000 sq km under water)

Coastline: 853 km (Gulf of Guinea)

Neighbours (border lengths): Benin (773km), Cameroon (1,690km), Chad (87km), Niger (1,497km)

Climate: Tropical climate in the south but arid in far north.

Highest mountain: Chappal Waddi (2,419m)

Freedom & Rights

Summary status and rankings for Nigeria 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 IndexAuthoritarian regime 121/167
Economic FreedomMostly Unfree 120/179
Press FreedomNoticeable problems 109/179
ILGA LGBT rightsExtreme discrimination -
Corruption PerceptionsHigh corruption 136/174
Overall Ranking:    159/195

Other Data & Links

Full name: Federal Republic of Nigeria     Status: Independent Country

Population: 177,155,754 (rank: 7/196)     Density: 191.7 people/sq km (rank: 48/196)

Ethnic groups: Nigeria, Africa's most populous country, is composed of more than 250 ethnic groups; the following are the most populous and politically influential: Hausa and Fulani 29%, Yoruba 21%, Igbo (Ibo) 18%, Ijaw 10%, Kanuri 4%, Ibibio 3.5%, Tiv 2.5%

Religions: Muslim 50%, Christian 40%, indigenous beliefs 10%

GDP (PPP): $478.5 billion       GDP per capita: $2,800 (rank: 149/195)

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