The tiny country of Togo lies between Ghana and Benin and is a fascinating destination to explore voodoo culture and traditional tribal groups. In the coastal towns and cities, evidence of Togo's colonial past lies side by side with its contemporay culture, including voodoo shrines and the famous fetish markets of the capital Lome. In the northern part of the country, various ethnic groups still practise traditional rituals and live in mud tower houses while the mountains and forests of Kloto offer spectacular natural scenery. Explore in depth highlights of Togo.
|Time zone:||GMT 0 (Greenwich mean time)||Daylight savings: None|
|Other languages:||Ewe, Mina, Kabye, Dagomba|
Communaute Financiere Africaine francs (XOF)|
€1 = CAF655, $1 = CAF0.00, £1 = CAF781
(rates as of Sep 2016)
|Internet Domain:||.tg||International Dialling Code: 228|
For help planning your trip to Togo including visas, vaccinations, currency exchange, flights, accomodation and insurance, see our Togo trip planning page.
Further information on Togo
Discover more about Togo - the country's geogrpahy and natural features, an assessment of its status on freedom and rights and data on the country's population and economy.
Geography & Natural Features
Total area: 56,785 sq km (2,400 sq km under water)
Coastline: 56 km (Gulf of Guinea)
Climate: Tropical climate with hot and humid conditions in the south, semi-arid in the north.
Highest mountain: Mont Agou (986m)
Freedom & Rights
Summary status and rankings for Togo from classifications of different organisations measuring political and economic freedom, democracy and civil rights. See more details of these rankings.
|Freedom in the World||Partly Free||-|
|Democracy Index||Authoritarian regime||129/167|
|Economic Freedom||Mostly Unfree||138/179|
|Press Freedom||Noticeable problems||78/179|
|ILGA LGBT rights||No rights||-|
|Corruption Perceptions||High corruption||126/174|
Other Data & Links
Full name: Togolese Republic Status: Independent Country
Population: 7,351,374 (rank: 99/196) Density: 129.4 people/sq km (rank: 65/196)
Ethnic groups: African (37 tribes; largest and most important are Ewe, Mina, and Kabre) 99%, European and Syrian-Lebanese less than 1%
Religions: Christian 29%, Muslim 20%, indigenous beliefs 51%
GDP (PPP): $7.35 billion GDP per capita: $1,100 (rank: 186/195)