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Where is Senegal?

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Located in the continent of Africa, Senegal covers 192,530 square kilometers of land and 4,192 square kilometers of water, making it the 88th largest nation in the world with a total area of 196,722 square kilometers.

Senegal became an independent state in 1960, after gaining its sovereignty from France. The population of Senegal is 12,969,606 (2012) and the nation has a density of 67 people per square kilometer.

The currency of Senegal is the CFA Franc BCEAO (XOF). As well, the people of Senegal are refered to as Senegalese.

The dialing code for the country is 221 and the top level internet domain for Senegalese sites is .sn.

Senegal shares land borders with 5 countries: Mali, Guinea, Mauritania, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau.

To learn more, visit our detailed Senegal section.

Quick facts

Population 12,969,606
Density 67.4 / km2 ( 174.5 / mi2 )
Language French
Independence Year 1960
Capital Dakar (Dakar)
Currency CFA Franc BCEAO
GDP 15,578,916,865 (2014 data)
GDP per Capita 1,201 (2014 data)
Land Area 192,530 km2 (74,336 mi2)
Water Area 4,192 km2 (1,619 mi2)
Neighbouring Countries Mali, Mauritania, The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea
Minimum Longitude -17.530
Maximum Longitude -11.350
Mininum Latitude 12.310
Maximum Latitude 16.690

What is the capital of Senegal?

map showing the location of Senegal
Location of Dakar on a map.

Dakar is the capital city of Senegal. It has a population of 2,476,400, and is located on a latitue of 14.69 and longitude of -17.44.

Dakar is also the political center of Senegal, which is considered a Republic, and home to its Executive head of state.

Quick Facts About Dakar, the Capital Of Senegal

City Dakar
Country Senegal
Population 2,476,400
Longitude -17.44406000
Latitude 14.69370000
Elevation 12 meters over sea level

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This page was last updated on October 2, 2015.