Republic Of Niger
Capital city: Niamey largest city (main river port and international airport)
Area: 1267000 square km
National day: 3 August
Independence: 3 August 1960. Former French colony.
Population: 10.5 million as of 2000
Leader: Mamadou Tandja, President since 1999.
Language: French (official), Hausa, Fulani, Songhai, Tamasheq.
Currency: CFA francs.