Senegal

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INFORMATION

Capital: DakarGovernment: Semi-Presidential Republic

Current President: Macky Sall

Economy:

  • Relies heavily on donor assistance.
  • Key exports include phosphate mining, fertilizer production, and commercial fishing.
  • Foreign investment in Senegal is negated by Senegal’s unfriendly business environment.

Population: 15,589,485 (2016)

Land Size: 196,722 sq km (75,955 sq miles)

Major Ethic Groups:

  • Wolof: 43.3%
  • Pular: 23.8%
  • Serer: 14.7%
  • Jola: 3.7%
  • Mandinka: 3%
  • Soninke: 1.1%
  • European and Lebanese: 1%
  • Other: 9.4%
Religions:

  • Islam: 94%
  • Christian( primarily Roman Catholic): 5%
  • Indigenous African Religions 1%

Language(s):

  • French(official)
  • Wolof
  • Pulaar
  • Mandinka

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RECENT NEWS

  • Fri - Apr 20, 2018: IPI Chair Visits Senegal, Gambia to Promote World Congress - AllAfrica News: Senegal
    [IPI] The chairman of the International Press Institute, a global network of editors, journalists and media executives, will join a high-level delegation of political, business and media leaders on a study tour to Senegal and Gambia from April 22 to 28, officials announced today.
  • Fri - Apr 20, 2018: Govt Clamps Down On Protests Over Plan to Amend Electoral Law - AllAfrica News: Senegal
    [Deutsche Welle] Senegal's plan to amend its electoral law ahead of presidential elections in 2019 has sparked a series of protests. Human rights campaigners say the government's response is a cause for concern.
  • Thu - Apr 19, 2018: Right to Peaceful Protest Must be Respected - AllAfrica News: Senegal
    [AI] The Senegalese authorities must protect the right to peaceful protest and ensure the security forces refrain from using excessive force as anti-government demonstrations are planned today in the capital Dakar, Amnesty International said.
  • Mon - Apr 16, 2018: Music Icon N'dour Set for Kigali Mo Ibrahim Show - AllAfrica News: Senegal
    [East African] Senegalese singer and songwriter Youssou N'Dour is expected in Kigali for his inaugural performance on April 29, to headline the Mo Ibrahim Concert at this year's Mo Ibrahim Governance Weekend.
  • Wed - Apr 11, 2018: Senegal Scaling Solar Tender Produces One of the Lowest Electricity Costs in Africa - AllAfrica News: Senegal
    [PR Newswire] Dakar, Senegal -The World Bank Group's Scaling Solar program, designed to help remove obstacles to developing large-scale solar power in developing countries, has set a new benchmark in Senegal resulting in two bids that will produce electricity for under 4 Euro cents (roughly 5 US cents) per kilowatt hour. The deal will provide one of the cheapest sources of electricity in Sub-Saharan Africa.