Quick Facts

  • Officially the Togolese Republic
  • Independence: 1960 (from France)
  • Location: western Africa bordering the Bight of Benin, between Benin and Ghana
  • Capital: Lome (pop. 956,000)
  • Divided into five regions
  • Population: 7,552,318
  • Official language: French
  • Climate: tropical
  • Major religions: Christianity, Islam and other indigenous beliefs
  • Literacy rate: 66.5%
  • 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 republic under transition to multiparty democratic rule
  • Chief of state: President Faure Gnassingbe (since 2005); – elected by popular vote
    Head of government: Prime Minister Komi Klassou (since 2015) – appointed by the president

Healthcare Statistics

  • Maternal mortality rate: 368/100,000
  • Infant mortality rate: 45.22/1,000
  • Life expectancy: 64.51 years
  • Health expenditures: 8.6% GDP
  • Physicians density: 0.05/1,000
  • Hospital bed density: 0.7/1,000
  • HIV/AIDS adult prevalence rate: 2.4%
  • Infectious disease risk: very high
  • Infectious diseases: bacterial and protozoal diarrhea, hepatitis A, typhoid fever, yellow fever, dengue fever, malaria, schistosomiasis, rabies, meningococcal meningitis, avian influenza
  • Infectious disease updates: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm

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