Republic of Niger. Country Code: NE. Location: Western Africa, southeast of Algeria. Land Area: 458,075 square miles. Capital: Niamey. Climate: Desert; mostly hot, dry, dusty; tropical in extreme south. Terrain: Predominately desert plains and sand dunes, flat to rolling plains in south, hills in north. Population: 10,355,156. Life Expectancy: 41 years. Literacy: 14%. Languages: French, Hausa, and Djerma. Ethnic Groups: Hausa, Djerma, Fula, Tuareg, Beri Beri (Kanouri), Arab, Toubou, and Gourmantche. Currency: Communaute Financiere Africaine franc (XOF).

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