Nigeria

Capital Abuja

Population 186,988,000

Area 923,768 km2

Key facts

Nigeria is a country located in Western Africa. There are 4 countries (Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Niger) that Nigeria shares its borders with.

English is an official language in Nigeria. It means that if you speak it, you would be able to communicate with almost everyone. If not, it is highly recommended that you acquire some basic English before traveling to Nigeria.

The national currency in Nigeria is Nigerian naira (NGN). The naira (₦) is subdivided into 100 kobo.

With today’s currency rate, 1 EUR is worth 493.51 NGN and 1 USD is worth 459.7 NGN.

Nigerian
Banknotes

₦5₦10₦20₦50₦100₦200₦500₦1000

Nigerian
Coins

₦1₦250

Check with your bank before your trip to find out if there are any fees for using your card abroad. Some banks do not charge fees when you use a foreign ATM or pay in foreign currency, but others may charge a fixed cost for each transaction or allow a limited number of free withdrawals. The travel card provided by Wise.com, Revolut or Monose might be an excellent option to cut down on transaction fees.

Ookla® Speedtest The average fixed internet speed in Nigeria is 24.22 Mbps and mobile is 66.1 Mbs.The global average is 150.61 Mbps and 97.08 Mbps respectively.

ATM Density It may be difficult to locate an ATM in Nigeria.16.15 ATMs per 100,000 people.The global average is 41.24.

SIM Registration In order to purchase a SIM card in Nigeria, a passport or ID is required as identification.

Socket types

There are 2 socket types used in Nigeria. Type D is not very common around the world, so it might be a good idea to check if your electronics need an adapter.

Type D 230 V, 50 Hz  Type G 230 V, 50 Hz  

The sockets’ shapes and voltage differ from country to country and a travel plug adapter may be required. Portable devices, such as phones, notebooks or tablets, usually handle the entire range of voltages used across the world (110-240V).

Public holidays

In the year 2023, Nigeria will celebrate 10 national public holidays.

Date Holiday name
January 1, 2022 New Year’s DayNew Year’s Day
April 15, 2022Moving holiday Good FridayGood Friday
April 18, 2022Moving holiday Easter MondayEaster Monday
May 2, 2022 Workers’ DayWorkers’ Day
May 27, 2022 Children’s DayChildren’s Day
June 12, 2022 Democracy DayDemocracy Day
October 1, 2022 National DayNational Day
November 1, 2022 National Youth DayNational Youth Day
December 26, 2022 Boxing DayBoxing Day

Tourism

What hotel chains are present in Nigeria?

There are Mariott hotels in Lagos.

The Hilton hotel chain operates in Nigeria.

There are no IHG hotels in Nigeria.

The Best Western hotel chain operates in Nigeria.

There are Radisson hotels in 2 cities: Abeokuta and Lagos.

The Accor hotel chain operates in Nigeria.

What fast food chains are present in Nigeria?

The McDonald’s chain does not operate in Nigeria.

The KFC chain operates in Nigeria.

The Burger King chain does not operate in Nigeria.

The Subway chain does not operate in Nigeria.

The Domino’s Pizza chain operates in Nigeria.

The Starbucks chain does not operate in Nigeria.

Weather

What is the weather like in Abuja?

Today the sun in Abuja, rises at 6:49 AM and sets at 6:39 PM. The climate of Abuja may be categorized as a equatorial savanna (Aw), according to Koppen’s classification system.

TodayFeb 9Partly cloudlyLow: 21.3°C (70.34°F)High: 34.3°C (93.74°F)
FridayFeb 10SunnyLow: 22°C (71.6°F)High: 35.5°C (95.9°F)
SaturdayFeb 11SunnyLow: 22.3°C (72.14°F)High: 35.2°C (95.36°F)
SundayFeb 12SunnyLow: 23.6°C (74.48°F)High: 35.5°C (95.9°F)
MondayFeb 13Partly cloudlyLow: 23°C (73.4°F)High: 35.7°C (96.26°F)
TuesdayFeb 14Partly cloudlyLow: 22.7°C (72.86°F)High: 36.2°C (97.16°F)

Weather data for Abuja (capital city) by Open-Meteo.com

Transport

Railways There are passenger trains operating between some cities.

Subway Systems There is no subway system in any city.

Taxi Apps Uber is available in 13 cities. Bolt is available in 33 cities.

Car Rental Avis , Sixt , Hertz are all available in Nigeria.

Road Connectivity Index (2016)  With a score of 5.0, Nigeria is placed 63rd out of 129 nations.

Driving Side No data available.

Safety

Theft Occurrence Rate  14.00 thefts per 100,000 people in 2013.The global average is 544.

Road Traffic Casualties 20.70 deaths per 100,000 people in 2019.The global average is 16.71.

Travel Advisory Level (U.S. DoS)  Level 3: Reconsider travel. 

Emergency phones in Nigeria

112 Police
112 Ambulance
112 Fire police

Sources

Smoking & Alcohol

Smoking ban Smoking is forbidden in all public indoor locations, with limited exceptions.

Cananbis legality Both recreational and medicinal use of cannabis is prohibited.

The products are only for your own use or consumption, or as a present for members of your household. They may not be imported for commercial purposes under any circumstances.

Alcohol allowance

  • One bottle (1L) of spirits
  • One bottle (1L) of wine

Tobacco allowance

  • 200 grammes of tobacco products
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