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Nigeria - At a glance
Nigeria at a glance
Location Between tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, on Gulf of Guinea
Neighbouring countries Benin, Niger, Chad, Cameroon
Altitude Rising to 2,419m at Chappal Waddi, on Cameroonian border
Terrain Southern lowlands merge into hills and plateaux in centre; mountains in southeast; plains in north.
Climate Tropical in south; arid in north.
Status Federal republic
Government Bicameral presidential system
President Goodluck Jonathan
Capital Abuja (moved from Lagos in 1991); population 1.4 million approx
Other major cities Lagos (population 9 million officially; more likely to be 13–17 million), Kano (9.3 million approx), Port Harcourt (3.5 million approx)
Administrative regions 36 states and 1 Federal Capital Territory
Population 155,215,573 (2011 est)
Birth rate 35.51 births per 1,000 population (2011 est)
Life expectancy at birth 47.56 years (2011)
Age structure 0–14 years, 40.9%; 15–64 years, 55.9%; over 65, 3.1% (2011 est)
GDP per head US$2,600 per annum (2011)
Economy Oil provides 20% of GDP and 95% of foreign exchange earnings
Official language English
Major local languages Yoruba, Igbo, Hausa, Edo, Efik, Kanuri
Religion Muslim 50%, Christian 40%, indigenous 10%
Currency Nigerian naira (N). For up-to-date rates, go to www.xe.com.
International airports Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Kano
International telephone code +234
Time GMT +1
Electricity 220 volts at 50Hz; three-pin British-style plug
Weights and measures Metric
Flag Two vertical bands of green (representing forests and agriculture) divided by a band of white (representing peace)
National motto Unity and Faith, Peace and Progress
Public holidays 1 January, 1 May, 1 October; Christian and Muslim holy days