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Nigeria and Europe

Nigeria and Europe

CountryFormal Relations BeganNotes
Austria 
  • Austria has an embassy in Abuja.
  • Nigeria has an embassy in Vienna.
Belgium 
  • Belgium has an embassy in Abuja.
  • Nigeria has an embassy in Brussels.
Czech Republic 
  • Czech Republic has an embassy in Abuja.
  • Nigeria has an embassy in Prague.
France 
  • France has an embassy in Abuja and a consulate-general in Lagos.
  • Nigeria has an embassy in Paris.
Germany 
  • Germany has an embassy in Abuja and a consulate-general in Lagos.
  • Nigeria has an embassy in Berlin and a consulate-general in Bonn.
Greece 

Greece established a diplomatic mission in Nigeria in 1970. Trade between the two countries is imbalanced, with imports from Greece to Nigeria exceeding exports. Greek-owned tankers have an important role in shipping Nigerian oil and natural gas, its main exports. Recently a Greek tanker was involved a dispute over crude oil smuggling.

  • Greece has an embassy in Abuja and a consulate-general in Lagos.
  • Nigeria has an embassy in Athens.
Ireland 
  • Ireland has an embassy in Abuja.
  • Nigeria has an embassy in Dublin.
Italy 
  • Italy has an embassy in Nigeria and a consulate in Lagos.
  • Nigeria has an embassy in Rome.
Hungary 
  • Hungary has an embassy in Abuja.
  • Nigeria has an embassy in Budapest.
Netherlands 
  • Netherlands has an embassy in Abuja and a consulate-general in Lagos.
  • Nigeria has an embassy in The Hague.
Poland 
  • Nigeria has an embassy in Warsaw.
  • Poland has an embassy in Abuja.
Portugal 
  • Nigeria has an embassy in Lisbon.
  • Portugal has an embassy in Abuja.
Russia 
  • Nigeria has an embassy in Moscow.
  • Russia has an embassy in Abuja and a consulate-general in Lagos.
Spain 
  • Nigeria has an embassy in Madrid.
  • Spain has an embassy in Abuja.
Sweden 
  • Nigeria has an embassy in Stockholm.
  • Sweden has an embassy in Abuja.
United Kingdom1960

Nigeria, formerly a colony, gained independence from Britain in 1960. Since independence, Nigeria has maintained favourable relations with the UK.

  • Nigeria has a high commission in London.
  • United Kingdom has a high commission in Abuja and a deputy high commission in Lagos and liaison offices in Kaduna and Port Harcourt.

Nigeria and Oceania

CountryFormal Relations BeganNotes
Australia 
  • Australia has a high commission in Abuja.
  • Nigeria has a high commission in Canberra.
  • Both countries are full members of the Commonwealth of Nations.
New Zealand 
  • New Zealand is accredited to Nigeria from its embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
  • Nigeria is accredited to New Zealand from its high commission in Canberra, Australia.
  • Both countries are full members of the Commonwealth of Nations.

International Disputes

Delimitation of international boundaries in the vicinity of Lake Chad, the lack of which led to border incidents in the past, has been completed and awaits ratification by Cameroon, Chad, Niger, and Nigeria; dispute with Cameroon over land and maritime boundaries around the Bakasi Peninsula is currently before the International Court of Justice; maritime boundary dispute with Equatorial Guinea because of disputed jurisdiction over oil-rich areas in the Gulf of Guinea.

Nigeria and the Commonwealth of Nations

The Federation of Nigeria became independent from the United Kingdom in 1960 with Queen Elizabeth II as Queen of Nigeria. Nigeria became a Commonwealth republic in 1963, when the Governor-General of Nigeria, Nnamdi Azikiwe became the first President of Nigeria. Nigeria was suspended from the Commonwealth of Nations from 1995 until 1999, when its full membership was restored.

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