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Nigeria Quick Facts

Country (long form) Federal Republic of Nigeria
Capital Abuja
Total Area 356,668.82 sq mi
923,768.00 sq km
(slightly more than twice the size of California)
Population 123,337,822 (July 2000 est.)
note: estimates for this country explicitly take into account the effects of excess mortality due to AIDS
Estimated Population in 2050 303,586,770
Languages English (official), Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo (Ibo), Fulani
Literacy 57.1% total, 67.3% male, 47.3% female (1995 est.)
Religions Muslim 50%, Christian 40%, indigenous beliefs 10%
Life Expectancy 51.58 male, 51.55 female (2000 est.)
Government Type republic transitioning from military to civilian rule
Currency 1 naira (N) = 100 kobo
GDP (per capita) $970 (1999 est.)
Labor Force (by occupation) agriculture 54%, industry 6%, services 40% (1999 est.)
Industry crude oil, coal, tin, columbite, palm oil, peanuts, cotton, rubber, wood, hides and skins, textiles, cement and other construction materials, food products, footwear, chemicals, fertilizer, printing, ceramics, steel
Agriculture cocoa, peanuts, palm oil, corn, rice, sorghum, millet, cassava (tapioca), yams, rubber; cattle, sheep, goats, pigs; timber; fish
Arable Land 33%
Exports petroleum and petroleum products 95%, cocoa, rubber
Imports machinery, chemicals, transport equipment, manufactured goods, food and live animals
Natural Resources petroleum, tin, columbite, iron ore, coal, limestone, lead, zinc, natural gas, hydropower, arable land
Current Environmental Issues soil degradation; rapid deforestation; desertification; recent droughts in north severely affecting marginal agricultural activities
Telephones (main lines in use) 405,000 (1995)
Telephones (mobile cellular) 10,000 (1999)
Internet Service Providers (ISPs) 5 (1999)
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