Niger
Republic of Niger

Capital
Niamey

Area
489,189 sq mi
1,267,000 sq km


Population
11,058,590 est 2003

Largest city
Niamey
pop. 748,600


Languages
French (official), Hausa, Djerma, Songhai, Arabic

Peoples
Hausa 56%, Djerma 22%, Fula 8.5%, Tuareg 8%, Beri Beri (Kanouri) 4.3%, Arab, Toubou, and Gourmantche 1.2%, about 4,000 French expatriates

Religion
Islam 80%, Animist (indigenous beliefs) and Christian

Life Expectancy
total population: 42.18 years
male: 42.38 years
female: 41.97 years (2004 est.)


Literacy
total population: 17.6%
male: 25.8%
female: 9.7% (2003 est.)


Suffrage
18 years of age; universal

Government
Republic


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