Country: Senegal

Population: 12,521,851

Capital: Dakar

Time Zone: UTC+0

Currency Name: Communaute Financiere Africaine franc (XOF)

Government Type: republic

Languages: French (official), Wolof, Pulaar, Jola, Mandinka

Ethnic Breakdown: Wolof 43.3%, Pular 23.8%, Serer 14.7%, Jola 3.7%, Mandinka 3%, Soninke 1.1%, European and Lebanese 1%, other 9.4%

Religion: Muslim 94%, Christian 5% (mostly Roman Catholic), indigenous beliefs 1%

Major Cities: Dakar, Saint-Louis, Thies

Phone Country Code: 221

Health Concerns: food or waterborne diseases: bacterial and protozoal diarrhea, hepatitis A, and typhoid fever, vectorborne diseases: dengue fever, malaria, yellow fever, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, and Rift Valley fever are high risks in some locations, water contact disease: schistosomiasis, respiratory disease: meningococcal meningitis

Official Tourism Website:

High Travel Season: November - February

Voltage: 230 V - 50 Hz

Electrical Plug Type: c, d, e, k

Major Holidays:

Misc Fact / Good to Know: Senegal gained its independence from France in 1960.