Quick Facts

  • Officially the Republic of Niger
  • Independence: 1960 (from France)
  • Capital: Niamey (pop. 1.09 million)
  • Population: 18,045,729
  • Official language: French
  • Climate/terrain: subtropical with hot/dry desert conditions; 80% of country covered by Sahara desert
  • Divided into 7 regions and one capital district
  • Economy: based on agriculture, livestock and uranium mining
  • Major religion: Islam
  • Literacy rate: 19.1%
  • Current weather conditions: www.weather.com
  • Tips for travel in country: www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates:  www.xe.com

Government in Power

  • A semi-presidential republic
  • Chief of state: President Mahamador Issoufou (since 2011)
  • Head of government: Prime Minister Brigi Rafini (since 2011)

Healthcare Statistics

  • Maternal mortality rate: 553/100,000
  • Infant mortality rate: 84.59/1,000
  • Life expectancy:  55.13 years
  • Health expenditures: 6.5% GDP
  • Physicians density: 0 .02/1,000
  • Hospital bed density: 0.31/1,000
  • HIV/AIDS adult prevalence rate: 0.49%
  • Infectious disease risk: very high
  • Infectious diseases: bacterial and protozoal diarrhea, hepatitis A, typhoid fever, malaria, dengue fever, meningococcal meningitis, schistosomiasis, rabies, avian influenza
  • Infectious disease updates: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm

Images From the Field


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