Ten fun facts about Niger
Niger covers a land area of 1,270,000 km which makes it the largest nation in West Africa.
Niger is semi arid and the Niger River in the southwest flows through the country’s only fertile area. Desert plains form most of the terrain with sand dunes.
The population is predominantly Islamic. The capital city is Niamey which is located in the far-southwest corner of Niger.
The main exports are agriculture and raw materials such as uranium ore.
The lowest point is the Niger Rover that has an elevation of 200 meters and the highest point is Mont Idoukal-n-Taghes in the Air Mountains at 2,044 m.
The North is covered by semi deserts and large deserts and the South is dominated by Savannahs. Wildlife includes buffaloes, elephants, West African lion, Northwest African cheetah, roan, antelopes and warthogs.
The currency of Niger is the CFA franc that is shared with seven other members of the West African Monetary Union. The Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO) is the common central bank.
Coal and oil are found in Niger which may have potential.
Road transport is the primary forms of long distance transport for most Nigeriens. These include buses, trucks and shared taxis.
Niger obtained democracy and became a multi-party state after a military coup in 2010.
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