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Country Senegal


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Region Western Africa
Area (sq km) 196,722
Area (sq mile) 75,749
Border The Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Mauritania
Population 13,975,834
Nationality Senegalese
Ethnic Wolof 43.3%, Pular 23.8%, Serer 14.7%, Jola 3.7%, Mandinka 3%, Soninke 1.1%, European and Lebanese 1%, other 9.4%
Religion Muslim 94%, Christian 5% (mostly Roman Catholic), indigenous beliefs 1%
Language French, Wolof, and more
Literacy 39%
Government Republic
Capital Dakar
Leader President Macky Sall (since April 2, 2012); Prime Minister Mohammed Abdallah Boun Dionne (since July 4, 2014)
Currency Communaute Financiere Africaine franc (XOF)
Independence Day April 4, 1960 (from France); Aug. 20, 1960 (full independence upon dissolution of federation with Mali)
National Holiday Independence Day (April 4, 1960)
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