Togo Guide

Togo Guide

Togo – country information

Country name Togo
Official name Republic of Togo
Capital Broken
Continent Africa
Area 56,785 km2
Population 6,191,155 (2010)
Foundation of a state 4/27/1960
The highest mountains Pic Baumann 986 m
Longest rivers Mono 400 km
State system a military regime with a transitional legislature
The biggest cities Lomé (capital) 700,000, Sokodé 70,000
Official language French
Ethnicity/National Composition Ewe-Aja 44%, Tem-Kabr 27%, Gurm 16%, Kebu-Akpos 3.5%, Yoruba 3%, others 6.5%
Religious affiliation traditional faith 58%, Roman Catholic 22%, Muslim 13%, Protestant 6.5%
Currency 1 CFA franc (CFAF) = 100 centimes
gross domestic product (GDP) US$1,093 (2012)
Average life expectancy of the population 57.42 years (2006)
Structure of GDP agriculture and fishing 34%, mining 7.5%, industry 11.5%, construction 3.5%, services 43.5%

Togo – Neighboring States

State Capital Area Population
Benin Porto Novo 112,622 km2 10,323,000
Burkina Ouagadougou 274,000 km2 17,322,796
Ghana Accra 238,533 km2 24,658,823

Country overview

According to Abbreviationfinder, the West African Republic of Togo forms a strip of land about 100 km wide and more than 500 km long between Ghana in the west and Benin in the east; it borders Burkina in the north.

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: 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


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


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



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


  • 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.


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%


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.


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

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