Country: Nigeria

Population: 135,031,164

Capital: Abuja

Time Zone: UTC+1

Currency Name: naira (NGN)

Government Type: Federal republic

Languages: English (official), Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo (Ibo), Fulani

Ethnic Breakdown: more than 250 ethnic groups; the following are the most populous and politically influential: Hausa and Fulani 29%, Yoruba 21%, Igbo (Ibo) 18%, Ijaw 10%, Kanuri 4%, Ibibio 3.5%, Tiv 2.5%

Religion: Muslim 50%, Christian 40%, indigenous beliefs 10%

Major Cities: Lagos, Abuja

Phone Country Code: 234

Health Concerns: very high risk of food, waterborne and vectorborne diseases (diarrhea, Hepatitis A, typhoid fever, malaria, meningococcal meningitis, Lassa fever, avian flu)

Official Tourism Website: http://www.nigeriatourism.net/

High Travel Season: December - March

Voltage: 240 V - 50 Hz

Electrical Plug Type: d, g

Major Holidays: January 1 (New Year's Day), Easter, May 1 (Labor Day), May 27 (Children's Day), May 29 (Democracy Day), October 1 (Independence Day), Eid al Fitr, Eid al Adha, December 25 (Christmas Day), December 26 (Boxing Day)

Misc Fact / Good to Know: The school year in Nigeria runs from January through December. Typically, there are three semesters, with a month off following each one.