19 Thrifty Facts About Togo

    1. Togo is a long, thin country in West Africa.
    2. 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.
    3. The coordinates for Togo are 6.1167° N, 1.2167°
    4. 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.
    5. The total land area of Togo is 21,925 square miles (56,785 square kilometres).
    6. Togo’s population is made up of around 40 tribes, which totalled 6.8 million people in 2013.
    7. In case you were wondering, residents here are called ‘Togolese’.
    8. Togo gained independence from France in 1960.
    9. The capital is called Lomé; it covers an area of 110 square miles (280 square kilometres) and has a population of 1.48 million (2010).
    10. The average life span here is 54 years.

  1. The Togolese enjoy a tropical climate in the south, with hot and humid weather, whilst the north is semiarid.
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. CFA Franc is the official currency here.
  5. Bargaining is commonplace in Togo, with many items deliberately overpriced to compensate for this fun pastime! Cheeky!
  6. Togo grows cacao, coffee, rice, millet, beans, cotton and yams, rears livestock and catches fish.
  7. Its industry consists of phosphate mining, agricultural processing, cement and handicrafts.
  8. Togo also exports cotton, phosphates, cacao and coffee.
  9. We provide super cheap calls to Togo, with the the international dialling code, 00228.

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