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Horsemen on Lomé beach, Togo
Horsemen on Lomé beach, Togo.
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Flag of Togo
Flag of Togo
Location map of Togo. Where in Africa is Togo?
Location map of Togo
Destination Togo, a narrow strip of land in Western Africa between Ghana to the west and Benin to the east, bordered in north by Burkina Faso it has a short coastline with palm-lined beaches and extensive lagoons and marshes on the Gulf of Guinea in south.

The tropical country just north of the equator covers an area of 56,785 km², compared it is about the size of Croatia, or slightly smaller than West Virginia.

The country has a population of 7.1 million (in 2016), capital and largest city is Lomé, spoken languages are French (official) and Gbe languages, Kotocoli and Kabiyé.


Republic of Togo .:. République Togolaise

Country Profile

Togoland, of which modern Togo was formerly a part, was colonized by the Germans in 1894. The German occupation has been ended by a joint Anglo-French force early in World War I.

In 1960 French Togoland became Togo. But only in 2007, after years of military rule and political unrest, Togo held its first relatively free and fair legislative elections.

Related countries: Germany, France, United Kingdom

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, tgo

Local Time = UTC No UTC/GMT offset
Actual Time: Fri-Mar-22  22:30

Country Calling Code: +228

Capital City: Lomé

Other Cities:
Atakpamé, Kpalimé, Sokodé, Kara.

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

Location: Western Africa, bordering the Bight of Benin, between Benin and Ghana.
Area: 56,785 km² (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.

Nationality: Togolese.
Population: 7.1 million (2016)
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 - commodities: reexports, cocoa, gold powder, cotton, phosphates, coffee.

Exports partners: India 14.6%, Burkina Faso 11.3%, China 11.3%, Benin 9.6%, Ghana 9%, Lebanon 8.3%, Nigeria 6.1%, Niger 5.9% (2015)

Imports - commodities: machinery and equipment, foodstuffs, petroleum products

Imports partners: China 22.9%, Belgium 20.3%, Netherlands 11.9%, France 6.6%, India 4.8%, Singapore 4.4% (2015)

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).

Ministère des Affaires Etrangères
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Togo.

Directorate General of Statistics
Togo in numbers.

Diplomatic Missions:
Embassy of Togo in Washington, D.C.
Official Representation of the Republic of Togo in the United States.
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.


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

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.

Political Map of Africa
The 54 countries of Africa.
Map of Africa
A Relief Map of Africa.

Traditional Taberma houses of the Tammari people
Traditional Taberma houses of the Tammari people in Togo.
Koutammakou, the Land of the Batammariba official website is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Image: Erik Kristensen


République Togolaise
"Official" Togo news in English.
Union des Forces de Changement with news on Togo (in French).
Africatime with news and information on Togo (in French).

Radio Lomé

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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), 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).

Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie du Togo
Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Togo (in French)

Kpime waterfall near Kpalimé, Togo
Kpime waterfall near Kpalimé, Togo
Image: jbdodane

Travel and Tour Consumer Information

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).


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).
Mount Agou - Togo
Mount Agou ©

Environment & Nature

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 of Togo
About Togo's history by National Togolese Tourism Office. (in French)

History of Togo
Wikipedia entry for History of Togo.

Togolese Kabye Warrior
Kabye Warrior
© National Togolese Tourism Office

Sources and additional Information on Togo

Africa South of Sahara (Karen Fung) Togo

BBC Country Profile: Togo

globalEDGE: Togo

IRIN: Togo
UN news about Togo.

OEC: Togo

Open Directory Project: Togo

Wikipedia: Togo

The World Factbook -- Togo
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