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Niger is one of the world's poorest countries but is rich in culture and history. Friendly locals love to show their country off to visitors and will not hesitate guide you toward the best markets and parks. The ancient towns of Agadez and Zinder are practically living museums and the natural landscape is breathtaking. Read on to discover five more things you might not know about this desert country.
5 Facts You Might Not Know
The W National Park spans areas in Niger, Benin and Burkina Faso. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the park provides a safe habitat for leopards, warthogs, buffalo, baboons, elephants, cheetahs, lions, caracal and other exotic creatures. Over 350 species of birds can be viewed throughout the 10,000 square kilometer reservation. Guided treks and safaris offer the best opportunities for spotting the sometimes elusive animals.
The last known surviving herd of West African giraffes live near the southwestern city of Koure. For a small fee, visitors can view the herd at the local wildlife park.
The town of Baleyara is a great place to buy traditional crafts. Handwoven blankets in colorful patterns are a popular item. The country is also known for its woodworking, including bowls and carved spoons.
Hippos can be seen in the waters near Ayorou, a small riverside town in the southwest. The best way to see the hippos is by boat with a local guide.
Porridge, rice, beans and cous-cous are staple foods in Niger. Other popular foods are fari massa, fried dough served with salsa, koudagou, fried sweet potatoes, and kilishi, a beef jerkey that is covered in hot pepper sauce. Cool drinks like apollo, made from the baobab fruit, and bisap, made from hibiscus leaves, offer relief on a hot day.

The capital of Niger is Niamey. The currency of Niger is the CFA Franc BCEAO †(XOF) Flag of Niger

Niger is an African country

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Airports in Niger

Maradi, Niamey-Aero, Tahoua, Agadez, Diffa, and Zinder

Leaders of Niger
The Country dialling code of Niger is +227, and the TLD (Top-level domain) of Niger is .ne

Map of Niger



Languages spoken in Niger


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Coordinates (in Latitude & Longitude) of Niger

16 00 N, 8 00 E

Kilometers of coastline

0 kilometers

Square kilometers of land

1,266,700 square kilometers

Square kilometers of water

300 square kilometers

Birth rate

50.16 / 1000 population

Death rate

20.59 / 1000 population

Irrigated land

730 sq km
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