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Republic Of Niger

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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.

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