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Where is Nigeria?

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Located in the continent of Africa, Nigeria covers 910,768 square kilometers of land and 13,000 square kilometers of water, making it the 32nd largest nation in the world with a total area of 923,768 square kilometers.

Nigeria became an independent state in 1960, after gaining its sovereignty from The United Kingdom. The population of Nigeria is 170,123,740 (2012) and the nation has a density of 187 people per square kilometer.

The currency of Nigeria is the Naira (NGN). As well, the people of Nigeria are refered to as Nigerian.

The dialing code for the country is 234 and the top level internet domain for Nigerian sites is .ng.

Nigeria shares land borders with 4 countries: Chad, Niger, Benin, Cameroon.

To learn more, visit our detailed Nigeria section.

Quick facts

Population 170,123,740
Density 186.8 / km2 ( 483.8 / mi2 )
Language English
Independence Year 1960
Capital Abuja (Abuja Federal Capital Territory)
Currency Naira
GDP 569,000,000,000 (2014 data)
GDP per Capita 3,345 (2014 data)
Land Area 910,768 km2 (351,649 mi2)
Water Area 13,000 km2 (5,019 mi2)
Neighbouring Countries Cameroon, Chad, The Niger, Benin
Minimum Longitude 2.660
Maximum Longitude 14.680
Mininum Latitude 4.280
Maximum Latitude 13.890

What is the capital of Nigeria?

map showing the location of Nigeria
Location of Abuja on a map.

Abuja is the capital city of Nigeria. It has a population of 590,400, and is located on a latitue of 9.06 and longitude of 7.5.

Abuja is also the political center of Nigeria, which is considered a Republic, and home to its Executive head of state.

Quick Facts About Abuja, the Capital Of Nigeria

City Abuja
Country Nigeria
Population 590,400
Longitude 7.49508000
Latitude 9.05785000
Elevation 476 meters over sea level

Most popular cities in Nigeria

Rank City Population
#1Lagos9,000,000
#2Kano3,626,068
#3Ibadan3,565,108
#4Kaduna1,582,102
#5Port Harcourt1,148,665
#6Benin City1,125,058
#7Maiduguri1,112,449
#8Zaria975,153
#9Aba897,560
#10Jos816,824
#11Ilorin814,192
#12Oyo736,072
#13Enugu688,862
#14Abeokuta593,100
#15Abuja590,400
#16Sokoto563,861
#17Onitsha561,066
#18Warri536,023
#19Ebute Ikorodu535,619
#20Okene479,178

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This page was last modified on October 2, 2015.