- Continental region – Western Africa
- Currency – West African Franc, CFA
- Capital City – Dakar
- Official languages – French is official language; Wolof is widely spoken language.
- Population – 15.85 million (2018)
- Country dialling code – +221
- Official website – Senegal
- Top 3 biggest industries – Agriculture, Industry and Manufacturing, Food and Beverages, Textile Industry
- Google Maps link – Senegal
- Where is it? – Senegal is bordered by Atlantic Ocean, and located in Western Africa. Mauritania, Mali, Guinea are located in North, East and South.
Senegal In Pictures
- How did the country get its current name? – Historically, it is unknown that how Senegal as given name but some suggest Senegal was given name after a river that flows in north and east of Western African country near the borders of Mali and Mauritania.
- When and by whom was the country first discovered? – The area of Senegal has been continuously occupied by various groups including the Jolof empire and the Takrur empire.
- Who were the first Inhabitants? – Senegal was first inhabited in prehistoric time by both Paleolithic and Neolithic civilizations.
- When was it first recognized as a country? – On 24 September, 1960, Senegal became an independent state.
- Who was the first leader of the country? – Leopold Sedar Senghor was Senegal’s first president.
Five Significant Events
- The First Colonization of Senegal By European Powers: Senegal was Colonized in 15th century by European Powers; Dutch, French, Portuguese and British. (https://dayfinders.com/senegal-independence-day/)
- The French turned their focus on gaining control of region: French got control of major trade port of Senegal used for slave trading. (https://dayfinders.com/senegal-independence-day/)
- Senegal Under French Colonial Rule: French rule given certain political rights to people, and allowed them to elect French parliamentary representatives. (https://dayfinders.com/senegal-independence-day/)
- The French Decolonization: French decolonization took 15 years and French promised to give independence to Senegal in order to get help for 2nd world war. (https://dayfinders.com/senegal-independence-day/)
- Independence Day: Senegal got independence from French rule in 1960. (https://dayfinders.com/senegal-independence-day/)
Five Places to Visit in Senegal
- Dakar: Capital city of Senegal, it has one of busiest seaport of Western Africa. (https://www.omenkaonline.com/5-places-visit-senegal/)
- Pink Lake: It looks unreal but it is real body of water and it is less than an hour away from Dakar. (https://www.omenkaonline.com/5-places-visit-senegal/)
- Saint Louis: A city founded 350 years ago, and located at mouth of Senegal river. (https://www.omenkaonline.com/5-places-visit-senegal/)
- Goree Island: It is a tiny, car free Island with narrow streets off the coast of Dakar. (https://www.omenkaonline.com/5-places-visit-senegal/)
- Touba: It has famous mosque and known as capital of Muslim brotherhood. It is 200km away from Dakar. (https://www.omenkaonline.com/5-places-visit-senegal/)