How big is Nigeria?

How big is Nigeria?

Nigeria is a country located in West Africa. The state was named after the Niger River. In translation from the Tuareg language, it means "flowing water." At the moment, the country consists of thirty-six states. But what else do you know about your country? How big is Nigeria? Is it really one of the largest countries on the continent? Keep reading to learn the answers and even more.

How big is Nigeria?

Location, position and size of Nigeria

Nigeria is located in West Africa and has access to the Atlantic Ocean through the Gulf of Guinea in the south. It also has the land border with Niger, Benin, Cameroon, and Chad. The border with Chad passes over the lake that has the same name. The coastline stretches for 853 km and is cut by deep bays, lagoons, and channels.

What is the land mass of Nigeria?

Nigeria covers an area of ​​923,768 km2. It is the world's 32nd largest country and the 14th Africa's largest state. The total length of the state border is 4047 km: in the West - with Benin (773 km), in the North - with Niger (1497 km), in the Northeast - with Chad (87 km), in the East - with Cameroon (1690 km).

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The highest point of the country is Mount Chappal Waddi (2419 m) located in the state of Taraba close to the Nigerian-Cameroonian border. The Niger and Benue rivers divide the country into two parts. The Maritime Plain occupies a vast territory of the country. It is formed mainly by river sediments.

In the North of the Maritime Plain, the territory of the country passes into a low plateau - the Yoruba Plateau situated to the west of the Niger River. The other plateau - the Udi Plateau is located to the east of Nigeria. One more plateau is the Northern Plateau, whose height varies from 400–600m to more than 1000m. The highest part is the central part of the plateau — the Jos Plateau, the highest point of which is Chery Mountain (1735 m). In the north-west, the Northern plateau passes into the Sokoto plain.

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Nigeria population size

Speaking about the population of Nigeria, this country is the leader among other African states. Due to the rapid population growth, the population of Nigeria is increasing every year by 2%, and now there are more than 197,588,150 people according to If this population boosting goes on like this, by the end of this century, Nigeria will be ahead of China and India by the number of citizens.

Every woman in the country has at least five children. All birth control measures applied by the government led only to riots. A part of the Muslim population worships patriarchal traditions and does not want to limit the number of children in their families.

Every year, the UN organizes funds for the development of social programs and humanitarian assistance for the people of Nigeria. But there is still a problem of poverty in overpopulated Nigeria.

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The density of the population of Nigeria is 210 people per square kilometer. Most of the country's population lives in the northern regions. The southern areas of the country are less densely populated and are amenable to some regulation by the government.

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Nigeria is a big country in terms of land mass and population. Though it is not as rich as some small European countries. However, kind and good people live here. People who do not fight because of nationality or ethnic group. People who are proud of their multilingualism and love their beautiful Motherland. Read our post to learn many interesting facts about your native country and broaden your range of interest.

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