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Population: 9 671 848 (July 1998 est.)

Age structure:

0-14 years: 48% (male 2 374 482; female 2 277 176)

15-64 years: 50% (male 2 345 773; female 2 447 951)

65 years and over: 2% (male 119 644; female 106 822) (July 1998 est.)

Population growth rate: 2.96% (1998 est.)

Birth rate: 53.01 births/1 000 population (1998 est.)

Death rate: 23.38 deaths/1 000 population (1998 est.)

Net migration rate: 0 migrant(s)/1 000 population (1998 est.)

Sex ratio:

at birth: 1.03 male(s)/female

under 15 years: 1.04 male(s)/female

15-64 years: 0.95 male(s)/female

65 years and over: 1.12 male(s)/female (1998 est.)

Infant mortality rate: 114.39 deaths/1 000 live births (1998 est.)

Life expectancy at birth:

total population: 41.52 years

male: 41.83 years

female: 41.21 years (1998 est.)

Total fertility rate: 7.3 children born/woman (1998 est.)

Nationality:

noun: Nigerien(s)

adjective: Nigerien

Ethnic groups: Hausa 56% Djerma 22% Fula 8.5% Tuareg 8% Beri Beri (Kanouri) 4.3% Arab Toubou and Gourmantche 1.2% about 1 200 French expatriates

Religions: Muslim 80% remainder indigenous beliefs and Christians

Languages: French (official) Hausa Djerma

Literacy:

definition: age 15 and over can read and write

total population: 13.6%

male: 20.9%

female: 6.6% (1995 est.)

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