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Senegal

Background

Senegal

The French colonies of Senegal and the French Sudan were merged in 1959 and granted their independence as the Mali Federation in 1960. The union broke up after only a few months. Senegal joined with The Gambia to form the nominal confederation of Senegambia in 1982. The envisaged integration of the two countries was never carried out, and the union was dissolved in 1989. The Movement of Democratic Forces in the Casamance (MFDC) has led a low-level separatist insurgency in southern Senegal since the 1980s, and several peace deals have failed to resolve the conflict. Nevertheless, Senegal remains one of the most stable democracies in Africa. Senegal was ruled by a Socialist Party for 40 years until current President Abdoulaye WADE was elected in 2000. He was reelected in February 2007 and has amended Senegal's constitution over a dozen times to increase executive power and to weaken the opposition, part of the President's increasingly autocratic governing style. Senegal has a long history of participating in international peacekeeping and regional mediation.

About

Senegal is a country in Western Africa. With the Atlantic Ocean to the west, Senegal has Guinea-Bissau to the south, Guinea to the southeast, Mali to the east, and Mauritania to the north. The Gambia is almost an enclave of Senegal in the middle of the western coast.

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SenegalKing Fahd Palace 

Pointe Des Almadies
Dakar 8181
Senegal

Price (US$): $184 - $681 / night

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Location. King Fahd Palace is located on the beach in Dakar, close to African Renaissance Statue. Other points of interest are Stade Leopold Senghor and Cheikh Anta Diop University. Hotel Features. Dining options at King Fahd Palace include 2 restaurants. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves buffet breakfasts each morning in the restaurant (surcharges apply). Recreational amenities include a golf course. Also located on site are an… more »

SenegalThe Rhino Resort Hotel & Spa 

Rue Du Karting S/n
Saly 499
Senegal

Price (US$): $158 - $475 / night

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Location. The Rhino Resort Hotel & Spa is located near the beach in Mbour's Saly neighborhood and close to Saly Golf Club. Additional area points of interest include Mbour Fishermen Village. Resort Features. The Rhino Resort Hotel & Spa's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The resort serves buffet breakfasts each morning (surcharges apply). Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, an indoor pool, a… more »

SenegalPullman Teranga 

Rue Colbert Po Box 3380
Dakar
Senegal

Price (US$): $201 - $383 / night

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Location. Pullman Teranga is a business friendly hotel located in central Dakar, close to Presidential Palace, IFAN Museum of African Arts, and Dakar Grand Mosque. Additional points of interest include Sandaga Market and Ile de Goree Beach. Hotel Features. Pullman Teranga's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves buffet breakfasts each morning in the restaurant (surcharges… more »

SenegalHotel Espadon 

BP 370 Saly
Mbour
Senegal

Price (US$): $190 - $258 / night

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Location. Hotel Espadon is located on the beach in Mbour's Saly neighborhood, close to Saly Golf Club. Another point of interest is Mbour Fishermen Village. Hotel Features. Spa amenities include spa services, body treatments, and beauty services. This Mbour property has 2 meeting rooms. Additional property amenities include dry cleaning/laundry services. Guestrooms. 49 air conditioned guestrooms at Hotel Espadon feature minibars and safes. Wired high speed Internet access is complimentary.… more »

SenegalHotel Lagon 

Route De La Corniche Est - Bp 3115
Dakar 3115
Senegal

Price (US$): $218 - $473 / night

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Location. Hotel Lagon is located on the beach in Dakar, close to Presidential Palace, IFAN Museum of African Arts, and Dakar Grand Mosque. Other points of interest near this hotel include Ile de Goree Beach and Sandaga Market. Hotel Features. Dining options at Hotel Lagon include 2 restaurants. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available during limited hours. The hotel serves a complimentary breakfast. Recreational amenities include a health club. Complimentary wireless… more »

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Senegal

Full name
Republic of Senegal
Capital
Dakar
Location

Western Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Guinea-Bissau and Mauritania

Geographic coordinates

14 00 N, 14 00 W

Area comparative

slightly smaller than South Dakota

Border countries

The Gambia 740 km, Guinea 330 km, Guinea-Bissau 338 km, Mali 419 km, Mauritania 813 km

Coastline

531 km

Climate

tropical; hot, humid; rainy season (May to November) has strong southeast winds; dry season (December to April) dominated by hot, dry, harmattan wind

Terrain

generally low, rolling, plains rising to foothills in southeast

Lowest point

Atlantic Ocean 0 m

Highest point

unnamed elevation southwest of Kedougou 581 m

Natural resources

fish, phosphates, iron ore

Population

12,323,252 (July 2010 est.)

Ethnic groups

Wolof 43.3%, Pular 23.8%, Serer 14.7%, Jola 3.7%, Mandinka 3%, Soninke 1.1%, European and Lebanese 1%, other 9.4%

Religions

Muslim 94%, Christian 5% (mostly Roman Catholic), indigenous beliefs 1%

Languages

French (official), Wolof, Pulaar, Jola, Mandinka

Government type

republic

Independence

4 April 1960 (from France); note - complete independence achieved upon dissolution of federation with Mali on 20 August 1960

National holiday

Independence Day, 4 April (1960)

Chief of state

President Abdoulaye WADE (since 1 April 2000)

Head of government

Prime Minister Soulayemane Ndene NDIAYE (since 1 May 2009)

Internet country code

.sn

Internet users

1.818 million (2009)

Airports

20 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Dakar

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