Capital: Niamey

Population: 19,797,133 (estimated in 2015)

Currency: West African CFA Franc (XOF)

Official Language: French

Unofficial Languages: Hausa, Djerma

Main Religion: Islam

Ethnic Groups: Hausa, Zarma or Songhai, Tuareg, Fulani, Kanuri, Gurma

Largest Cities: Niamey, Zinder, Maradi

Main Sport: Football, Rugby

Political System: Republic

National Holidays (2016):

New Year’s Day (January 1)

Easter Monday (March 28)

Concord Day (April 24)

Labour Day (May 1)

Lailatoul-Quadr (Night of Power) (July 2)

Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan) (July 7)

Independence Day (August 3)

Tabaski (Feast of the Sacrifice) (September 13)

Muharram (Islamic New Year) (October 3)

Republic Day (December 18)

Birth of the Prophet (December 12)

Christmas Day (December 25)