Senegal travel guide



Senegal is located in Sub-Saharan Africa part of Africa. It's total area is 193K km² and 41.7% of it is forest area. As of 2022 it has a total population of 17M. 49.1% lives in cities whereas 50.9% lives in rural areas.
Senegal, officially the Republic of Senegal, is a country in West Africa, on the Atlantic Ocean coastline. Senegal is bordered by Mauritania to the north, Mali to the east, Guinea to the southeast and Guinea-Bissau to the southwest. Senegal nearly surrounds the Gambia, a country occupying a narrow sliver of land along the banks of the Gambia River, which separates Senegal's southern region of Casamance from the rest of the country. Senegal also shares a maritime border with Cape Verde. Senegal's economic and political capital is Dakar.

Senegal is notably the westernmost country in the mainland of the Old World, or Afro-Eurasia. It owes its name to the Senegal River, which borders it to the east and north. The climate is typically Sahelian, though there is a rainy season. Senegal covers a land area of almost 197,000 square kilometres (76,000 sq mi) and has a population of around 17 million. The state is a unitary presidential republic; since the country's foundation in 1960, it has been recognized as one of the most stable countries on the African continent.The state was formed as part of the independence of French West Africa from French colonial rule. Because of this history, French is the official language, but it is understood only by a minority of the population. Over 30 languages are spoken in Senegal, and Wolof is the most widely spoken one, with 80% of the population speaking it as a first or second language, acting as Senegal's lingua franca alongside French. Like other post-colonial African states, the country includes a wide mix of ethnic and linguistic communities, with the largest being the Wolof, Fula, and Serer people. Senegalese people are predominantly Muslim.Senegal is classified as a heavily indebted poor country, with relatively low HDI ranked 170th in the Human Development index. Most of the population is on the coast and works in agriculture or other food industries; other major industries include mining, tourism, and services. The country does not have notable natural resources, but the basis of its development lies in education, where almost half the state's budget is spent. Senegal is a member state of the African Union, the United Nations, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Organisation internationale de la Francophonie, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, and the Community of Sahel-Saharan States. Internationally, Senegal is best known in the sporting world for the Paris-Dakar Rally.

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💬 Languages

French is the official language.

💵 Currencies

The official currency is West African CFA franc [1 USD = 605.118 XOF].

🏧 Cash / Credit card usage

As credit cards are not widely used in Senegal, we suggest you to carry cash during your travels [2017: %2.830152772]. Approximately there are a total of 🏧 976 ATM's in Senegal.

🧑‍🤝‍🧑 Tourism

In 2017, 1.4M tourists arrived to Senegal. In 2018, tourism has contributed to Senegal economy with a total of 557M $ income (%10.5).

📱 Bandwidth

Mobile internet & wifi is 🐢average with 31.26 Mbps. Broadband is 🐢average with 21.08 Mbps.

Mobile & Wifi (1.09 / 10)

Broadband (0.74 / 10)

☀️ Climate

Averag yearly temperature is 🔥 28 °C and very hot. Current 3 months (April, May and June) average is 🔥 30 °C and very hot. Current season (spring) is 🔥 30 °C and very hot.
Yearly average28 °C 🔥
3 month average30 °C 🔥
Spring average30 °C 🔥
Summer average29 °C 🔥
Fall average28 °C 🔥
Winter average25 °C 🔥
About seasons: Remember that seasons in Southern Hemisphere are opposite of the Northern one. This means that in Argentina and Australia, winter begins in June. Currently season averages are rendered according Northern Hemisphere.

📈 Economics

In 2022, gross national income (GNI) was 28B $ and with %0.5 increase GNI per capita was 1.6K $. In 2022, consumer inflation was calculated as %9.7.

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