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Niger is a landlocked country bordered in the north by Libya, Chad to the East, Nigeria in the south, Benin and Burkina Fasso in the southwest, Mali in the west and Algeria in the Northwest. Niger became independent from France in 1960 and experienced single-party and military rule until a democratic government was established in 1993. Political infighting ensued, and in February, 2010 a military junta was established, following a coup d'état, but there still remains the risk of violence and terrorism caused by political instability.

Niger is one of the poorest countries in the world with minimal government services and insufficient funds to develop its resource base. The largely agrarian and subsistence-based economy is frequently disrupted by extended droughts common to the Sahel region of Africa.

Apart from possessing some spectacular desert and mountain scenery, Niger cannot be considered as a serious tourist destination.

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