COUNTRY FACTS

Senegal

 

senegal flagQuick Facts

  • 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

Pink Lake Senegal

Britannica Senegal

Britannica Senegal

Dakar Senegal

Dakar Senegal

Eastern Senegal

Eastern Senegal

Great Mosque Touba Senegal

Great Mosque Touba Senegal

Paroisse Saint Charles Borromee Senegal

Paroisse Saint Charles Borromee Senegal

Plage des Mamelles Senegal

Plage des Mamelles Senegal

Saint Louis Senegal

Saint Louis Senegal

Yoff Beach, Dakar Senegal

Yoff Beach, Dakar Senegal


Senegal History

  • 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 

  1. 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/)
  2. 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/)
  3. 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/)
  4. 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/)
  5. Independence Day: Senegal got independence from French rule in 1960. (https://dayfinders.com/senegal-independence-day/)

Five Places to Visit in Senegal

  1. Dakar: Capital city of Senegal, it has one of busiest seaport of Western Africa. (https://www.omenkaonline.com/5-places-visit-senegal/)
  2. 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/)
  3. Saint Louis: A city founded 350 years ago, and located at mouth of Senegal river. (https://www.omenkaonline.com/5-places-visit-senegal/)
  4.  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/)
  5. 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/)

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