Looking to boost your knowledge of the world? Why not start off with these 20 totally interesting facts about Togo
- Togo is a long, thin country in West Africa.
- Its official name is The Togolese Republic.
- It is bordered by Burkina Faso to the north, Benin to the east and Ghana to the west. It also has a coastline along the Gulf of Guinea to the south.
- The coordinates for Togo are 6.1167° N, 1.2167°
- The international dialling code is +228.
Flag of Togolese Republic
- In the north the terrain boasts gently rolling savanna, with central hills and plateau in the south. The low coastal plains also feature extensive lagoons and marshes.
- The total land area of Togo is 21,925 square miles (56,785 square kilometres).
- Togo’s population is made up of around 40 tribes, which totalled 7.889 million people in 2018.
- In case you were wondering, residents here are called ‘Togolese’.
- Togo gained independence from France in 1960.
- The capital is called Lomé; it covers an area of 110 square miles (280 square kilometres) and has a population of 839,566 million (2010).
- The average life span here is 60.23 years (2016).
- The Togolese enjoy a tropical climate in the south, with hot and humid weather, whilst the north is semiarid.
- Traditional Togolese houses are beautifully constructed by hand from mud, with thatched roofs. They come in all shapes and sizes and can look like miniature castles!
- As a former French nation, the official language of Togo is French, although there are many other indigenous languages including Ewe, Mina, Kabye and Dagomba.
- CFA Franc is the official currency here.
- Bargaining is commonplace in Togo, with many items deliberately overpriced to compensate for this fun pastime! Cheeky!
- Togo grows cacao, coffee, rice, millet, beans, cotton and yams, rears livestock and catches fish.
- Its industry consists of phosphate mining, agricultural processing, cement and handicrafts.
- Togo also exports cotton, phosphates, cacao and coffee.
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