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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Niger? Hot damn, y'all, come on down!

Just got our first-time visitor from Niger, which only adds to my head-count in Africa. In Europe, I have visits from everybody but the micro-states -- yo, San Marino, what the fuck is the hold-up? -- and I'm doing pretty good in Asia (although there are some holdouts there), but Africa still is where my best visitor-growth potential lies. Good to see Niger come by.

So what do we know about Niger? Well, Niger:
officially the Republic of Niger, is a landlocked country in Western Africa, named after the Niger River. Niger is bordered by Libya to the northeast, Chad to the east, Nigeria and Benin to the south, Burkina Faso and Mali to the west, and Algeria to the northwest. Niger covers a land area of almost 1,270,000 km2, making it the largest country in West Africa, with over 80 percent of its land area covered by the Sahara Desert. The country's predominantly Islamic population of about 19 million[4] is mostly clustered in the far south and west of the country. The capital city is Niamey, located in the far-southwest corner of Niger.
Niger is a developing country, and is consistently one of the lowest-ranked in the United Nations' Human Development Index (HDI); it was ranked last at 188th for 2014.
Doesn't sound too good for the home team. Unfortunately, Niger is landlocked and mostly desert. Hard to move up from that, so the country is very poor. Even for Africa. Best wishes, Niger, and let's all give them a big Eff You welcome. Thanks for coming by, and next time bring your friends.

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