Quick Facts

  • Officially the Republic of Senegal
  • Independence: 1960 (from France)
  • Official language: French
  • Capital: Dakar (pop. 3.52 million)
  • Divided into 14 regions
  • Population: 13,975,834
  • Climate: tropical with dry/rainy season
  • Economy: based on food processing, mining, textiles, petroleum, chemicals, tourism
  • Major religion: Islam
  • Literacy rate: 57.7%
  • Current weather conditions: www.weather.com
  • Tips for travel in country: www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates: www.xe.com

Government in Power

  • A semi-presidential republic
  • Chief of state: President Macky Sall (since 2012)
  • Head of government: Prime Minister Mohammed Abdallah Boun Dionne (since 2014)

Healthcare Statistics

  • Maternal mortality rate: 315/100,000
  • Infant mortality rate: 51.54/1,000
  • Life expectancy: 61.32 years
  • Physicians density: 0.06/1,000
  • Hospital bed density: 0.3/1,000
  • HIV/AIDS adult prevalence rate: 0.53%
  • Infectious disease risk: very high
  • Infectious diseases: bacterial and protozoal diarrhea, hepatitis A, typhoid fever, dengue fever, yellow fever, malaria, schistosomiasis, rabies, meningococcal meningitis
  • Infectious disease updates: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm

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