Niamey is the capital and largest city of the West African nation of Niger. Niamey is the administrative, cultural and economic centre. The city is located in a pearl millet growing region, while manufacturing industries include bricks, ceramic goods, cement and weaving. Niger is in Western Africa, southeast of Algeria. The climate is desert. It is mostly hot, dry, and dusty, but tropical in the extreme south. The official language is French. The main religions are Islam and indigenous beliefs. The economy of Niger is based largely upon internal markets, subsistence agriculture, and the export of raw commodities: food stuffs to neighbours and raw minerals to world markets. Economic activity centres on subsistence agriculture, animal husbandry, re-export trade, and export of uranium. Niger is a culturally diverse country and expatriates are expected to ensure they respect local customs and Islamic sensibilities. Men and women should dress modestly. Expatriate business dress is typically a lightweight suit and tie are generally acceptable business dress. A knowledge of French is essential for business. The security risk for expatriates in Niger is high, but extreme on the borders of Mali and Nigeria. Risks include petty crime, highway banditry, armed militia and kidnap by armed groups. The currency of Niger is the CFA Franc BCEAO (XOF) and is largely a cash based economy. Credit cards are not generally accepted. There are no ATMs. Medical facilities are poor. Serious or complex medical treatment would require evacuation. Meningitis and measles is common. The population of Niamey is 1.3 Million (2016 est.), while the inflation rate is 2.9% (June 2017).
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in In Niamey, the cost of each basket, based on local prices, compared to the international average, is categorized follows (Exact cost of living percentages only available in personalised reports): Niamey as at 1 July 2017 is low in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Very Low 2) Clothing: Very Low 3) Communication: Very High 4) Education: Low 5) Furniture & Appliances: Average 6) Groceries: Average 7) Healthcare: Very Low 8) Household Accommodation: Low 9) Miscellaneous: Average 10) Personal Care: Very Low 11) Recreation & Culture: High 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Very Low 13) Transport: Average Niamey is for example 19.9% more expensive than Houston TX for groceries, -5.9% cheaper for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and 12.8% more expensive for transport costs than Dubai. The hardship premium for Niamey for an expat from Perth, is for example 30%, i.e. host location (Niamey) premium of 40% minus home (Perth) location premium of 10%. Niamey is ranked as a extreme hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship (quality of living) or expat salary in Niamey? Register subscribe to your home location and Niamey and run your personalised reports.