Nigeria Travel Guide: Country & Destination Information for Visiting

Updated: 2019-08-18.

Federal Republic of Nigeria

Nigeria is a country in western Africa which borders Benin to its west, Niger and Chad to its north, Cameroon to its east, and the Gulf of Guinea to its south.

Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa, with over 200 million inhabitants (and the 7th in the world). About half of its population is 18 or under, making it one of the “youngest” countries, as well.

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Nigeria Travel Information & Key Points

General points to know about the country of Nigeria – demographics, important ages, phone numbers, key statistics, and more, whether you’re traveling there or not.

Capital: Abuja

Largest City: Lagos

Population: 201 million (2019 estimate)

Language(s): English (official), Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba, Fulfulde

President: Muhammadu Buhari

Vice President: Yemi Osinbajo

Currency: Nigerian Naira (₦) NGN

Area: 923,768 km2 (356,669 mi2)

Dialing Code: +234

Time Zone: West Africa Time (WAT) UTC+01:00

Demonym: Nigerian (what is a demonym?)

Endonym: Nigeria (their name for their country)

Emergency Number: 112

Drinking Age: 18

Smoking Age: 18 to purchase

Age of Consent: 18, but homosexuality is illegal

Drives on the: Right

Electricity & Adapter: 230 V, 50 Hz, Plug Types D / G (define)

ISO Country Code: NG