Senegal is located at the westernmost advance of the African continent in the Atlantic Ocean, at the confluence of Europe, Africa and the Americas, and at a crossroads of major sea and air routes.
Estimated Population (projection 2009): 12 855 000
- Density in 2009:63 inhabitants at km2
- Total female Population (projection 2009): 6 504 000
- Total Population of men (Projection 2009): 6 351 000
More than 90% of the population is Muslim, 05% Christian and the rest are animists.
French is the official language. Wolof is the most spoken national language. The other ethnic groups each have their own dialect. This is the case for Serere; Pular, Jola and Mandingo, Soninke and other minority groups. Besides French, English is also very present in tourist sites, and it is not uncommon to stumble upon someone who speaks Spanish.
Dry season from November to June: Dry and sunny, temperatures between 22 ° and 30 ° C. Rainy season from July to October: with a peak in August and September. Humid and warm, medium temperature 27 °c. Check the weather and tide times here or here. Link to www.au-senegal.com
Entry formalities in Senegal
Passport in progress, valid at least 6 months after the date of travel for EU nationals. For citizens of ECOWAS member countries: passport or valid identity document other nationalities: contact the diplomatic representations of Senegal in the country of origin. Anti-malaria treatment is strongly recommended. However, vaccines against yellow fever, hepatitis A and B are recommended.
The SENELEC provides 220 volts. Most hotels and restaurants have generators to cope with power cuts
New Year's Day, National Day (April 4) Labour Day (1mai), Easter, Ascension, Pentecost, Assumption, Day of the Korité; Tabaski Day, Noel. The national holiday, the Tamxarit, the day of the great Magal of Touba and the day of the first may, the aftermath of Tabaski and the Korité, if these days are not a Saturday or Sunday, are nonworking and paid.
The CFA Franc (XOF) is the local currency. €1 = 655,957 CFA francs Euros are accepted in shops and currency distributors are available in all major cities of the country.
Telephone and Internet
Indicative of Senegal: 221. The telephone network and internet is of fairly good quality overall. Orange, Tigo and Expresso are the telephone operators present in the country, offering cell phone services (subscription or card). Free Wifi in most hotels.