Niger, officially the Republic of Niger, is a landlocked country in Western Africa, named after the Niger River.
President: Mahamadou Issoufou
Population: 17.83 million (2013)
Currency: West African CFA franc
Government: Semi-presidential system
Official language: French
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in Niger face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents. Same-sex sexual activity is legal, however the constitution does not allow for protection from discrimination and persecution of LGBT people is widespread.