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LOCATION:

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



MAP REFERENCES:

Africa



AREA:

total: 196,722 sq 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



NATURAL RESOURCES:

fish, phosphates, iron ore



LANGUAGES:

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



RELIGIONS:

Muslim 94% (most adhere to one of the four main Sufi brotherhoods), Christian 5% (mostly Roman Catholic), indigenous beliefs 1%



POPULATION:

13,975,834 (July 2015 est.)

country comparison to the world: 73



GOVERNMENT TYPE:

republic



CAPITAL:

name: Dakar



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)



CONSTITUTION:

previous 1959 (preindependence), 1963; latest adopted by referendum 7 January 2001, promulgated 22 January 2001; amended many times, last in 2009 (2014)



LEGAL SYSTEM:

civil law system based on French law; judicial review of legislative acts in Constitutional Court



GDP - real growth rate:

4.5% (2014 est.)

3.5% (2013 est.)

3.4% (2012 est.)



GDP - composition, by sector of origin:

agriculture: 15.6%

industry: 23.8%

services: 60.6% (2014 est.)



AGRICULTURE - products:

peanuts, millet, corn, sorghum, rice, cotton, tomatoes, green vegetables; cattle, poultry, pigs; fish



INDUSTRIES:

agricultural and fish processing, phosphate mining, fertilizer production, petroleum refining, zircon, and gold mining, construction materials, ship construction and repair



EXPORTS:

$2.462 billion (2014 est.)

$2.563 billion (2013 est.)



EXPORTS - commodities:

fish, groundnuts (peanuts), petroleum products, phosphates, cotton



EXPORTS - partners:

Mali 16%, Switzerland 10.5%, UAE 5.2%, France 4.6% (2014)



IMPORTS:

$5.481 billion (2014 est.)

$5.698 billion (2013 est.)



IMPORTS - commodities:

food and beverages, capital goods, fuels



IMPORTS - partners:

France 18.4%, Nigeria 8.7%, China 7.7%, Netherlands 6.3%, India 5.8%, Turkey 4.6%, Belgium 4.3% (2014)




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