Togo Travel Overview
At a glance
Official language: French
Currency: CFA franc
Continent: West Africa
Wrestling & Voodoo
Togo was once a German colony and qualified for the 2006 soccer World Cup in Germany.
According to Countryaah, Togo is a state in West Africa that has access to the Atlantic with the Gulf of Guinea. The country’s neighboring states are: Ghana in the west, Benin in the east and Burkina Faso in the north. Togo is a small state by African standards.
Togo is often “overlooked” on the map, but above all it has a lot to offer culturally. For example, there are many voodoo followers in the country and the shrines can also be visited by tourists. A special highlight in Togo is the wrestling ! The mass sport of football, wrestling is the national sport in Togo. If you are in the capital Lomé, you simply go to an arena.
Official language: French
CFA franc (100 centimes)
ISO 4217 code
XOF / 952
Geo coordinates: N 8 ° 37 ‘10.4 ” E 0 ° 49’ 29.2″
Highest mountain: Mont Agou (986 m)
Total area: 56,785 km²
Mainland: 54,385 km²
National border: 1,647 km
Coastline: 56 km
Dependency: France until 1960 (UN mandate)
UN member since: 1960
Other political affiliation: African Union
Form of government: Presidential Republic
Export goods: Phosphorus, cocoa, coffee
BSP: $ 2,162,000,000
GDP: $ 2,327,000,000
GDP purchasing power parity: $ 9,168,000,000
Economic growth: 0.4%
Inflation rate: 9%
State budget revenue: $ 281,800,000
State budget expenditure: $ 308,900,000
Export: $ 849,000,000
Import: $ 1,303,000,000
Foreign debt: $ 2,300,000,000
Gold and currency reserves: $ 334,000,000
Electricity consumption: 736 million KWh
Oil consumption: 10,000 million m³
Cultivation area: 46.24%
Bovine: 280,000 pieces
Pigs: 270,000 pieces
Sheep: 1,790,000 pieces
Fishing: 23,700 t
Residents in cities: 1,973,900
Average age: 18.3 years
0-14 years: 42.3%
15-64 years: 55.1%
> 65 years: 2.6%
Population growth: 2.72%
Birth rate: 37.01 / 1,000 residents
Death rate: 9.83 / 1,000 residents
Ratio men / women: 0.96
Fertility: 4.96 children / woman
Infant mortality: 60.63 ‰
Life expectancy men: 55.41 years
Life expectancy women: 59.49 years
Country codes and abbreviations
ISO 3166 Alpha 2: TG
ISO 3166 Alpha 3: TGO
ISO 3166 numeric: 768
Top Level Domain: daily
IOC country code: TOG
UN / LOCODE: TG
Telephone connections: 82,000
Cell Phones: 470,000
Internet users: 650,000
Railway lines: 568 km
Paved roads: 2,744 km
Merchant fleet (ships over 1,000 GRT): 2
Number of doctors: 640
Daily food intake: 2,320 kcal / resident
HIV- infected people: 120,000
Last sovereign since: 1960
Main religious group: Natural religions
Prison inmates: 3,400
Armed forces (troop strength): 10,000
Defense Spending: $ 30,000,000
Arriving by plane
Air France (AF) offers the cheapest connections from Germany, Austria and Switzerland via Paris.
Brussels Airlines (SN) offers direct connections from Brussels to Lomé.
Frequent flight connections from Togo to most African destinations.
Paris – Lomé: 6 hours 20 minutes; Frankfurt – Lomé: 10 hours; Zurich – Lomé: 10-11 hours
Arrival by car
Roads lead from Benin, Ghana and Burkina Faso to Togo. The road conditions are bad. The border with Ghana is occasionally closed.
Car drivers need an international driver’s license and an international vehicle registration certificate. Insurance should be taken out upon arrival in Togo.
Minibuses go to Benin and Ghana.
It is important to note that the borders between Togo and neighboring countries are closed from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.
Arrival by ship
Ferries from Benin and Ghana call at Lomé and the coastal ports.
ON THE GO
On the way by car / bus
Most of the towns are connected by roads. Main roads are also passable in the rainy season. However, they do have some potholes, so it is advisable to only make long journeys during the day.
Bus / Taxi: The local bus and taxi companies are relatively good and inexpensive. There are minibuses, taxis and shared taxis in Lomé. The price should definitely be agreed in advance.
Rental cars are available in Lomé, in other cities the prices are astronomical.
Documentation: international driver’s license.
On the go by train
There are currently no passenger trains in Togo.
On the way by ship
Lomé has the largest and only deep sea port on the West African coast. Ferries connect the coastal ports. Information from the local port authorities.