Ten fun facts about Senegal


Fact 1
The vibrant capital is Dakar has many colorful markets, good beaches and excellent music.

Fact 2
The official language is French though Wolof, Pulaar, Jola and Mandinka are popularly spoken in Senegal

Fact 3
The dominant religion is Islam with nearly 94% Muslims while Christians make up 5% of the population. On the whole, the Senegalese tend to be very superstitious.


Fact 4
Senegal has a tropical climate and is generally hot and humid. The rainy season is from May to November with strong southeast winds and the dry season is from December to April and dominated by hot, dry, harmattan winds.

Fact 5
The largest rivers include the Senegal in the north and the Casamance in the southern tropical climate region.

Fact 6
Senegal gained independence from France in 1960. The government is multiparty democratic republic

Fact 7
The currency used is CFA Franc. Senegal is translated from the Wolof “sun gal” to mean “our boat”.

Fact 8
Industries include agricultural and fish processing, fertilizer production, phosphate mining and petroleum refining. Senegal exports fish, peanuts, petroleum products, phosphates and cotton.

Fact 9
The Senegambian Stone Circles were added to the World Heritage List in 2006. Each circle comprises ten to twenty-four stones, some weighing in at almost ten tones.

Fact 10
Wrestling is the traditional and national sport of Senegal.


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Is located in Western Africa and borders the North Atlantic Ocean to the west, Mauritania to the north, Mali to the east and Guinea and Guinea-Bissau to the south.


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Population
12,873,601

Sources
CIA The World Factbook



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