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Sengal/Sénégal is pronounced seh·nuh·gaal” and is one of the 16 countries located in West Africa. Sénégal’s Independence Day is August 20, 1960. As of 2019, there are 18,091 people from Senegal that live in the United States. Continue reading below to learn more about the beautiful African country, Sénégal.

Republic of Senegal African Country Flag

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What Does The Senegal Flag Represent?

  • GREEN: represents hope and of the country’s major religions
  • YELLOW: represents natural riches and the wealth derived from labour
  • RED: recalls the independence struggle, life, and socialism.

Where is Senegal located?

Senegal is located in West Africa bordered by Mauritania, Mali, Guinea and Guinea-Bissau. The Gambia is within Senegal.

World Data Locator Map, Senegal

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What Timezone is Senegal in?

Senegal is in the Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).


Facts About Senegal:

  1. Capital: Dakar
  2. Population: 17.5 Million
  3. Biggest exports are peanuts and fish
  4. Nationality: Senegalese
  5. Senegal made up of 14 regions
  6. Drinking age: 18 years old
  7. Side of road to drive on: Right


What Are The Official Languages of Senegal?

French is the official language of Senegal but Wolof is the main local language.

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What is the Currency in Senegal?

West African Franc is used in Sénégal


A very popular show in Senegal is “Karma.” Watch the recent season here:


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What Are The Religions of Senegal?

In Sénégal the main religions practiced are; Islam (94%) and Christianity (5%)


What Are The Traditional Foods of Senegal?

Thieboudienne is the national dish of Senegal and translates from Wallof to “red rice and fish.” See how to make this amazing dish and one of my personal favorite cuisines in the video below.


Tourist Attractions

Places to visit in Senegal:

American Citizens are able to visit Senegal Visa-Free for a stay of up to 90 days in any six month period. Here are a few places you should definitely visit while in this country:

  • Le Lac Rose aka Pink Lake
  • African Renaissance Monument

  • Gorée Island

Is Senegal Safe?

Senegal is currently at a “Level 1: Exercise Normal Precaution

When traveling anywhere especially for the first time, you should be vigilant and take all possible precaution measures in order to minimize the risk of getting stolen from, hurt or put in danger.

We hope this information has given you more insight into Senegal but there is so much more to learn! Visit their tourism website here to see more.

Also be sure to checkout articles on each of the 54 countries in Africa by clicking here: Countries of Africa