Interesting facts about Senegal

Interesting facts about Senegal

Senegal is a West African country. It is the westernmost country of Afro-Eurasia. The people are so charming and hospitable. The country hosts the largest Wolof population in the world. An African country with many economical hustle, Senegal still holds a significant position in the different international forums. So let’s have a look at this beautiful country.

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         Senegal
CapitalDakar
Population15845323 (2018)
Area196712 square kilometer
HDI0.514 (low)
CurrencyWest African CFA franc (XOF)
Official LanguagesFrench
National AnthemPincez Tous vos Koras, Frappez les Balafons
ReligionMuslim, Christian
National HolidayJanuary 1(New Years Day),January 13 (Grand Magal de Tauba), April 4 (Independence Day), April 9 (Easter Monday), May 1 (Labour Day), May 17 (Ascension Day), May 28 (Whit Monday), August 15 (Assumption Day), August 19 (Korite- End of Ramadan), October 26 (Tabaski – Feast of the Sacrifice), November 1 (All Saints’ Day) November 20 (Prophet Mohammed’s Birthday-Mawlid), November 24 (Tamkharit-Ashura), December 25 (Christmas day)
National FlowerBaobab
National SportsWrestling
National DishThiéboudienne
National animalLion

1. The word Senegal from a Berber language Zenaga, which is also known as Sanhaja. Also, it could be possibly coming from a Wolof word “Sunuu Gaal” which means “Our Boat”.

2. But according to the locals, the name of the country originated from the river Senegal.

3. Senegal is considered to be one of the safest countries in Africa.

4. It is the only country in West Africa, that didn’t face any military coup yet.

5. The largest airport in the country is Leopold Sedar Senghor International Airport. So if anyone willing to visit the country, then he or she can arrive at that airport.

6. Before Portuguese rule, the country was ruled by many kingdoms and empires- Takrur, Jolof, Ghana, Almoravid dynasty.

7. In 1960 Senegal got its independence from France.

8. The first president of the country was Leopold Sedar Senghor, who was a poet and was responsible for the creation of the national song of Senegal.

9. Like other Muslim countries in the world, in Senegal, there is also a dress code for the general public. Girls or women should wear a dress that covers the knee.

10. Area wise it is the 86th largest country in the world.

11. Africa’s tallest statue is built in Dakar- African Renaissance Monument. It is 49 meters tall.

12. People can find tail in local taxis. Senegalese believe that tails drawn to the back of the taxis can bring them good luck.

13. Senegal is divided into 14 regions for administration purposes.

14. Gambia’s most of the part is surrounded by Senegal.

15. The largest ethnic group of the country is Wolof.

16. Due to the heavy influence of french culture, that influence can be visible in Senegal’s national flag also.

17. The Famous House of Slaves in Goree Island was once used as a trading center for slaves. Now this place is a popular tourist place.

18. The main portion of Senegal’s economy depends on donations from international organizations. Besides that small portion of the economy runs by oil, cotton, and fishing.

19. In 1982 an agreement signed between Gambia and Senegal to show their unity. According to the treaty, both countries were all together as Senegambia. But due to the non-cooperation from the Gambia, Senegal broke that confederation in 1989.

20. Senegal people are known for hospitality. They call it Teranga in Wolof.

21. Wrestling and football is the most popular sport in Senegal. The basketball team is one of the most successful teams in Africa.

22. The national team of football is known as Lion of Teranga in Senegal.

Famous personalities:

Patrice Evrats (footballer)

Segolene Royal (Politician)

Patrick Vieira (Footballer)

Papiss Cisse (Footballer)

MC Solaar (Hip Hop Artist)

Leopold Sedar Senghor (Poet)

El Hadji diouf (Footballer)

Baaba Maal (Musician)

Modou Sougou (Footballer)

Safi Faye (Film Director)

Akon (Musicians)

Popular destinations for Tourists:

Dakar

Day Bandia Park

Pink Lake

Island of Goree

Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary

La Maison des Esclaves

La Galerie Antenna

Reserve De Bandia

Great Mosque

Saint-Louis

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