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Mount Agou - Togo
Mount Agou © infokpalime.com
 

Republic of Togo .:. République Togolaise

Country Profile


Flag of Togo
Flag of Togo

Background:
The thin strip of land in Western Africa is bordering Ghana to the west, Benin to the East, Burkina Faso to the North and its narrow coastline strenches onto the Gulf of Guinea in the South.
Togoland, of which modern Togo was formerly a part, was colonised by the Germans in 1894. The German occupation has been ended by a joint Anglo-French force early in the First World War. In 1960 French Togoland became Togo.
Gen. Gnassingbé EYADÉMA, installed as military ruler in 1967, continued to rule well into the 21st century. Despite the facade of multiparty elections instituted in the early 1990s, the government continued to be dominated by President EYADÉMA until his death in February 2005. In contravention of the nation's constitution he was succeeded by his son Faure GNASSINGBÉ backed by the armed forces.
Under strong international pressure Mr Faure stepped down and called an election.
After Faure Gnassingbé was declared winner of a disputed election deadly street battles between opposition protesters and security forces raged and thousands of people are fleeing Togo in fear of their lives.
The opposition candidate in the election, Emmanuel AKITANI BOB, refused to concede defeat despite the announcement of the official results and instead declared himself president. In a live address to the nation, interim president Abbas BONFOH dubbed the self-proclamation "as pure fantasy, null and void."


border countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana

related countries: Germany, France, United Kingdom
 
where in Africa is Togo?

Official Name:
République Togolaise
short form: Togo
int'l long form: Republic of Togo
int'l short form: Togo
formerly: French Togoland

ISO Country Code: tg

Time:
Local Time = UTC No UTC/GMT offset
Actual Time: Sun-Apr-20  00:50

Country Calling Code: +228

Capital City: Lomé

Other Cities:
Atakpamé, Kpalimé, Sokodé, Kara.

Government:
Type: Republic since years under transition to multiparty democratic rule.

Geography:
Location: Western Africa, bordering the Bight of Benin, between Benin and Ghana.
Area: 56,785 kmĀ² (21,925 sq miles).
Terrain: Gently rolling savanna in north; central hills; southern plateau; low coastal plain with extensive lagoons and marshes.

Climate: Tropical; hot throughout the year, humid in south; semiarid in north.

People:
Nationality: Togolese.
Population: 6.2 million (2010)
Ethnic Groups: native African (37 tribes; largest and most important are Ewe, Mina, and Kabre) 99%, European and Syrian-Lebanese less than 1%.
Religions: traditional African religions 51%, Christian 30%, Muslim 15%.
Languages: French (official and the language of commerce), Ewe and Mina (the two major African languages in the south), Kabye (sometimes spelled Kabiye) and Dagomba (the two major African languages in the north).
Literacy: male: 75.4%, female: 46.9%

Natural resources: Phosphates (main source of foreign exchange), limestone, marble, arable land.

Agriculture products: Coffee, cocoa, cotton, yams, cassava (tapioca), corn, beans, rice, millet, sorghum; livestock; fish.

Industries: Phosphate mining, agricultural processing, cement; handicrafts, textiles, beverages.

Exports partners: Burkina Faso16.6%, Ghana 15.4%, Netherlands 13%, Benin 9.6%, Mali 7.7% (2003)

Imports partners: France 21.1%, Netherlands 12.1%, Cote d'Ivoire 5.9%, Germany 4.6%, Italy 4.4%, South Africa 4.3%, China 4.1% (2003)

Currency: CFA Franc (Communaute Financiere Africaine) (XOF)


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Official Sites of Togo

République Togolaise
The official Portal of the Republic of Togo (in French and partly in English).

Missions
Honorarkonsulat der Republik Togo in Rheinland-Pfalz, Saarland und Hessen
Togolese Honorary Consulate in Germany.
Diplomatic Missions of Togo
List of Diplomatic Missions of Togo Abroad.
Foreign Diplomatic Missions in Togo
List of Foreign Consulates and Embassies in Lomé, Togo.
Embassy of the United States of America Lome,Togo
Official site of the U.S. Embassy.


Maps
Map of Togo
Political map of Togo.
Administrative Map of Togo
Map showing Togo and the surrounding countries with international borders,
region boundaries, region capitals, major cities and towns, main roads, railroads and airports.

Carte détaillée du Togo
Detailed map of Togo.

Google Earth Google Earth Togo
Searchable map and satellite view of Togo.
Google Earth Google Earth Lomé
Searchable map and satellite view of Togo's capital city.

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News

République Togolaise
"Official" Togo news in English.
ufctogo.com
Union des Forces de Changement with news on Togo (in French).

africatime.com
Africatime with news and information on Togo (in French).

Radio
Radio Lomé
 

 

Arts & Culture

Association Culturelle Zota
Togolese Group of singers, percussionists and dancers (in French).

Batir Le Togo
"Bâtir Le Togo", in English BUILD TOGO, is a organization created by members of the various student organizations and human rights advocacy groups that shaked the dictatorship in place in Togo, in the early nineties, and that set in motion the course of democratization in the country since then. (in French and English)
 

 

Business & Economy

Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO)
Central Bank of Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal, and Togo.

Union Économique et Monétaire Ouest Africaine (UEMOA)
West African Economic and Monetary Union (in French)
IZF.net, le portail de la Zone Franc CFA
Information about business and investment in the African countries within the monetary system of the Franc Zone - CFA. (in French)

Jeune Chambre Internationale - JCI Lome Prestige
Organisation for young entrepreneurship in Togo (in French).

Togo Association des Coopérations
Independent and nonpolitical association, aim to create a synergy between the various actors of co-operation acting for Togo (in French).
 
 

Destination Togo - Country Guides


Office national togolais du tourisme
The National Togolese Office of Tourism, with country guide and information (in French and English).

Ville de Kpalimé
Site of the City of Kpalimé provides information on the city as well as on Togo (in French).

Mon Voyage au Benin et au Togo
Private site about travelling Benin and Togo with photos (in French).
 

Travel and Tour Consumer Information


Education

American International School of Lome
Provides US-style educational program to the international community in Lome.
The British School of Lomé
Boarding and Day School British style.

Université de Lomé
Official website of the university (in French).
 
 

Environment

Environmental Impact of Iron Smelting in the Bassar Region of Togo
A deforestation problem in precolonial West Africa.
Togo Nature Environnement
NGO involved in development projects like reforestation and as well as education of the Togoles people about environment and development. (in French)
 
 

History

History of Togo
About Togo's history by National Togolese Tourism Office.

History of Togo
Wikipedia entry for History of Togo.

Histoire de l'Afrique de l'Ouest
Site about history of West Africa, including Togo. (in French)
 
Togolese Kabye Warrior
Kabye Warrior © National Togolese Tourism Office

Search

Annuaire du Togo: les meilleurs sites du plus peti
A directory of Togolese related sites.

Additional Information on Togo

Africa South of Sahara (Karen Fung) Togo
BBC News Country Profile: Togo
Governments on the WWW: Togo
IRIN: Togo
UN news about Togo.
An MBendi Profile: Togo
Open Directory Project: Togo
Reuters AlertNet - Togo
Wikipedia: Togo
The World Factbook -- Togo
 
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