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Country name:

conventional long form: Republic of Senegal
conventional short form: Senegal
local long form: Republique du Senegal
local short form: Senegal

 

Capital:

Dakar. Population: 2.51 million (official estimate 2005).
 

 

Location:

Western Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Guinea-Bissau and Mauritania

 

Area:

196,722 sq km (75,955 sq miles).

map of Senegal.

Description:
Senegal is bordered by Guinea Republic and Guinea-Bissau to the south, Mali to the east and Mauritania to the north, and encloses the confederated state of The Gambia. To the west lies the Atlantic Ocean. Most land is less than 100m (330ft) above sea level, except for the Fouta Djallon foothills in the southeast and the Bambouk Mountains on the Mali border. On the coast between Dakar and St Louis is a strip of shifting dunes. South of Dakar there are shallow estuaries along the coastline, which is fringed by palm trees. In the northern part of the country, south of the Senegal Basin, lies the arid Fouta Ferlo, a hot dry Sahelian plain with little vegetation.
 

Population:

12.4 million (UN estimate 2007).

 

language:
The official language is French. There are many local languages, principally Wolof. Other languages include Pulaar, Mandinka and Diola.
 

Economy - overview:
Senegal is the second most industrialised country in French West Africa. In 2007, Senegal signed agreements for major new mining concessions for iron, zircon and gold with foreign companies. There are thought to be oil reserves both on- and offshore.
The country's main export commodity is groundnuts, and the farming industry also produces millet, sorghum, maize, rice and vegetables for domestic consumption. Fish products have become an important export commodity, and the government also accumulates revenues from the sale of fishing licences to other countries, mostly from the EU.
Current annual GDP growth is 4.8% (2007), inflation stands at 5.8% (2007), but unemployment remains high at 48% (2007).

Economy:
Senegal is the second most industrialised country in French West Africa. In 2007, Senegal signed agreements for major new mining concessions for iron, zircon and gold with foreign companies. There are thought to be oil reserves both on- and offshore.
The country's main export commodity is groundnuts, and the farming industry also produces millet, sorghum, maize, rice and vegetables for domestic consumption. Fish products have become an important export commodity, and the government also accumulates revenues from the sale of fishing licences to other countries, mostly from the EU.
Current annual GDP growth is 4.8% (2007), inflation stands at 5.8% (2007), but unemployment remains high at 48% (2007).

 

Industries:

agricultural and fish processing, phosphate mining, fertilizer production, petroleum refining, construction materials

 

Exports:
Fish, peanuts, cotton, petroleum products and phosphate products.
• Main trade partners: France, Mali, India, Gambia and UK.

Imports:
Food and beverages, capital goods, transport equipment, fuels and computer equipment.

Exchange rates:
http://www.worldtravelguide.net/country/246/business/Africa/Senegal.html

Exchange rate in CFA F


GDP :
US$11.1 billion (2007).
 

 

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