Where is Senegal?

Senegal is an African country covering 196,722.00 km2 of which 2.13% is water and 192,530.00 km2 is land. This makes it the 89th largest country in the world and slightly smaller than South Dakota. Its geographic coordinates are 14 00 N, 14 00 W and Dakar is the capital city.

Senegal has a 2,684.00 km border with The Gambia (749 km), Guinea (363 km), Guinea-Bissau (341 km), Mali (489 km) and Mauritania (742 km). Cross-border trafficking in persons, timber, wildlife, and cannabis are of concern in Senegal.

Senegal is named for the Senegal River that forms the northern border of the country.

Its ISO code is SN.

Geography

It is located in Western Africa. Senegal has a mean elevation of 69 m above sea level.

It has a continental climate in the north of the country and a Meditteranean climate elsewhere. Its terrain is generally low, with rolling plains and foothills in the southeast.

Population

Senegal has a population of 14,320,055 making it the 72nd largest in the world.

French is the official language. The majority ethnic groups reported are Wolof, Pular, Serer, and Mandinka. The majority of the population identify as Muslim.

The dialing code for the country is 221.

Government

Senegal is an independent country. It gained independence from France in 1960. Its constitution was last ratified in 2001.

Economy

Factoring in Purchasing Power Parity, Senegal's GDP is $39,720,000,000.00 (USD) with $2,600.00 (USD) per capita. This makes it the 115th largest economy and its citizens the 187th richest in the world. The currency of Senegal is the Franc (XOF).

Its major export partners are Mali, Switzerland, and India. Its main exports are fish, groundnuts, petroleum products, phosphates, and cotton. Its major import partners are France, China, and Nigeria. Its major imports include food and beverages, capital goods, and fuels.