Togo

Togo is a small West African Country situated between Ghana to its left and Benin to its right. It is divided into five regions, with an approximate population of 6.6 million people. It gained independence from France in 1960 and has seen political unrest ever since. The current president, Faure Gnassingbe, was elected into power after his father’s death in 2005. The legitimacy of the election is debated.

Facts:

  • Capital Lomé
  • Major Religions: Christianity, Islam, Indigenous beliefs
  • Major ethnicities: 40 different ethnicities; Ewe (32%), Kotokoli, Kabye (22%), Moba
  • Life expectancy: 63.3 years
  • 65% of population live in rural villages dedicated to agriculture or pastures
  • Main Exports: cocoa, phosphates, coffee, cotton
  • Adult literacy rate (Aged 15 and above) 53.2%
  • Expected years of schooling of children: 9.6 years
  • Human Development Index Rank is 139 out of 169 countries

IMF ranked Togo the 9th poorest country according to GDP (PPP) per capita, which was 832 USD in 2010.

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