Togo Guide

Togo Guide

Country data

Location: West Africa

Time zone: CET – 1 (during summer time: CET -2)

Total area: 56,785 km²

Land area: 54,385 km²

Water area: 2,400 km²

Length of the state border: 1,647 km

Bordering countries:
Benin: 644 km
Burkina Faso: 126 km
Ghana: 877 km

Coastline: 56 km

Capital: Lomé

Regions: 5
De La Kara, Des Plateaux, Des Savanes, Du Center, Maritime

Telephone code: 00 228 (Source: Allcitycodes)

Highest point: Mont Agou 986 m

Population

Population: approx. 7.4 million residents (Countryaah, 2021)

Population growth: 2.7% per year

Population density (residents per km²): 130

Life expectancy: 61 (male), 67 (female)

Official language: French

Religions:

  • 29% Christians
  • 20% Muslim
  • 51% other

Climate

The climate of Togo differs in the northern and southern regions.

Togo

North:

  • Steppe climate
  • Rainy season from April to October (with high humidity)
  • Dry season from November to March (with low humidity)

South:

  • Tropical climate
  • Rainy seasons from March to July and September to October
  • Dry seasons from November to February and in August

In general, March is the warmest month. The average daytime temperature is around 35 ° C. The month of August is the coldest time of the year. The mean daytime temperature is 25 ° C.

Currency / finance

Currency unit: CFA franc (XOF)

Classification: 1 Franc = 100 Centimes

ATMs: There are a few ATMs in the capital, Lomé.

International credit cards: These are accepted in larger hotels and shops. Often, however, only VISA card.

Regulations: The import of national and foreign currencies is not limited.

The national currency can be exported up to an amount of 25,000 CFA Francs.

The export of foreign currencies is limited to the amount declared on entry. When entering the country, you should have all amounts of money that you are carrying with you declared.

It is not possible to exchange the local currency outside of the countries in the CFA Francs zone.

Customs regulations

The following may be carried duty-free:

  • 10 packets of cigarettes
  • 1 bottle of alcoholic beverages
  • small amounts of perfume

(Information applies to people aged 16 and over)

Tourists and people in transit can bring items of personal use with them duty-free.

Travel advice

There are isolated armed attacks. The theft rate is very high in the big cities.

After dark, you shouldn’t be driving your car.

Behavioral advice

It is advisable to boil and filter water before drinking it.

If you are stopped at one of the many checkpoints, you should follow instructions from the uniformed military personnel. Carrying a passport or a photocopy is mandatory.

Bathing in the sea is not recommended as there are many invisible currents that are dangerous even for experienced swimmers.

Important: If you are involved in an accident (regardless of whether you are to blame or not) you should not stop under any circumstances, but go straight to the nearest police station.

Economy

The export of phosphates brings most of the foreign currency into the country.

Cotton, peanuts, millet, coffee, cocoa, cassava and rice are grown in agriculture and exported.

Industries: Agriculture, food production, light industry, phosphate mining, textile production

Natural resources: agricultural land, phosphates

Land use:

  • Land: 38%
  • Grain cultivation: 7%
  • Pasture area: 4%
  • Forests: 17%
  • other: 34%

Plants

The oil palm is found most frequently in Togo, which is distributed in the humid savannas throughout the country.

In the higher mountain regions there are still areas of the evergreen rainforest.

Animals

Many monkeys, antelopes, elephants and baboons are at home in Togo’s national parks.

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