What is Niger?

  • (noun): A landlocked republic in West Africa; gained independence from France in 1960; most of the country is dominated by the Sahara Desert.
    Synonyms: Republic of Niger
    See also — Additional definitions below


Niger (, but occasionally pronounced as /niːˈʒɛər/ or i/ˈnaɪdʒər/), officially the Republic of Niger, is a landlocked country in Western Africa, named after the Niger River. It borders Nigeria and Benin to the south, Burkina Faso and Mali to the west, Algeria and Libya to the north and Chad to the east. Niger covers a land area of almost 1,270,000 km2, making it the largest nation in West Africa, with over 80 percent of its land area covered by the Sahara desert. The country's predominantly Islamic population of just above 15,000,000 is mostly clustered in the far south and west of the nation. The capital city is Niamey, located in the far southwest corner of Niger.

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Say Department
... Say is a department of the Tillabéri Region in Niger ... urban Region of Niamey, and lies across the Niger River to the southwest of the capital ... The Niger river, a broad shallow channel at Niamey and at Say, passes through a series of gorges and cataracts, called the "W" bend for the shape the river takes, in the south of ...
List Of National Parks Of Niger
... Niger is home to a number of national parks and protected areas, including two UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserves ... The protected areas of Niger normally have a designation and status determined by the Government of Niger ... Protected lands in Niger are managed by a number of authorities, and the areas of authority and structure have changed a number of times since independence ...
Niger - Media
... Niger began developing diverse media in the late 1990s ... Prior to the Third Republic, Nigeriens only had access to tightly controlled state media ...
... Soudouré is a village in western Niger ... It is located along the Niger River northwest of the capital city, Niamey ... served as the first president of an independent Niger from 1960 to 1974 ...
List Of Diplomatic Missions Of Niger
... This is a list of diplomatic missions of Niger, excluding honorary consulates ... Niger maintains permanent diplomatic missions in 24 nations around the world, both on the ambassadorial and the consular level ... The diplomatic staff of the Republic of Niger reports to the Presidency of Niger through the Nigerien Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation (Min ...

More definitions of "Niger":

  • (noun): An African river; flows into the South Atlantic.
    Synonyms: Niger River