Where Is Togo?
The African nation of Togo is located in West Africa where it stretches as a narrow band between the countries of Ghana to the west and Benin to the east. To the north of Togo lies Burkina Faso while at the south, the Gulf of Guinea washes the shores of the country. Togo encompasses a total area of 57,000 square km and it houses a population of about 7.6 million people.
What Is The Capital Of Togo And Where Is It Located?
The capital city of Togo is Lomé. With a population of 837,437, Lomé is also the country’s most populous city. The city has a coastline along the Gulf of Guinea. To the north, the city is surrounded by a lagoon. The city shares its western borders with Aflao, Ghana and the Togoan village of Bè lies to the east of the city. Lomé houses a population of 837,437.
History Of The Capital City Of Togo
An African ethnic group, the largest one in Togo, the Ewe people were the founders of the first settlements in the area that is now Lomé. In the 19th century, European and African traders set up their trade posts in the city. In 1897, the city became the capital of Togoland. Over the years, the population of Lomé multiplied and by the time Togo became an independent nation (1960), the population of the city was 80,000. Within only a decade, the city experienced a rapid increase in population to 200,000 in 1970.
Present-Day Role Of The City As The Capital Of Togo
The capital city of Togo is the meeting place of the country’s unicameral National Assembly, the legislative branch of Togo’s government. The city also houses the Palace of the Governors, the official residence of the Togolese Republic’s President.
Lomé is not just the political capital of Togo but it is also the financial capital of the country. The city is an important port with a free trade zone. Several products like cotton, palm oil, coffee, phosphates, etc., are exported from the port at Lomé. An oil refinery is also present at the port.
Togo’s capital city also has a growing tourism industry. The city hosts the 36 stories tall Hotel Corinthia, the country’s tallest building. The busiest airport of Togo is also located near the city.