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General information about Senegal

Senegal is a country measuring 196,722 km2 situated in the Sahel, at the westernmost point of Africa. It borders Mauritania to the north, Mali to the east and Guinea and Guinea-Bissau to the south; it surrounds the Gambia on three sides. Three rivers run through Senegal: the Senegal, the Gambia and the Casamance. Senegal is divided into 14 regions and 46 departments. The name of the country comes from the Wolof word “Sunugaal”, which means “our canoe”. The official language of Senegal is French.

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