Niger (pronounced /ˈnaɪdʒər/ or /niːˈʒɛər/; French pronunciation: [niʒɛʁ]), 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. Its size is almost 1,270,000 km², making it the largest nation in West Africa, with a population of just under 13,300,000, mostly clustered in the far south and west of the nation. The capital city is Niamey.
Religion in Niger
Most of the rest of the population follow traditional Afican beliefs, which are often combined with aspects of Islamic belief.
The government of Niger recognises the importance of Islam to most of the population but the country is an officially secular state. Alcohol is readily available in Niger, few women wear the hijab and there are relatively few tensions between different religious groups.
- The Complete Book of Buddha's Lists -- Explained. David N. Snyder, Ph.D., 2006.
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