Togo Overview

GENERAL

Official name of the state

Republic of Togo.

Capital

Lomé.

Geography

As a country located in Africa according to localcollegeexplorer, Togo borders Burkina Faso to the north, Benin to the east and Ghana to the west; in the south the Atlantic Ocean forms a natural border. The narrow land rises behind the coastal lagoons and swamp plains to form a hilly plateau. In the north it descends to a large plain that is irrigated by the Oti River. The interior is densely forested, while savannah extends to the north and south. The Mono River flows into the sea in the east. Endless palm-fringed sandy beaches are typical of the narrow stretch of coast between Lomé and Cotonou.

Government

Presidential republic since 1967. Constitution from 1992, last amendment 1998. Unicameral parliament with 81 members. Independent since 1960 (former French trust territory).

Head of state

Faure Gnassingbé, since 2005.

Head of government

Komi Selom Klassou, since June 2015.

Electricity

220 V, 50 Hz. In Togo you don’t need a special adapter for devices. In most hotels, the power supply is guaranteed by 230 volts. But you should definitely take safety devices with you for computers or sensitive devices.

Time zone

Greenwich Mean Time: CET -1

Togo Overview

ECONOMY

Business etiquette

Aside from formal business meetings and social occasions, tropical clothing is quite welcome. Business cards and appointments in advance are common. French is the language of business.

Business hours:
Mon-Fri 7 a.m.-5.30 p.m.

Economy

Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie du Togo (CCAIT) (Chamber of Commerce and Industry)
Avenue Georges Pompidou, BP 360, Lomé
Tel: 21 70 65.
Internet: www.ccit.tg

Business contacts

Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie du Togo (CCAIT) (Chamber of Commerce and Industry)
Avenue Georges Pompidou, BP 360, Lomé
Tel: 21 70 65.
Internet: www.ccit.tg

COMMUNICATION

Phone

International direct dialing. The national telephone company is called Togo Telecom (Internet: www.togotel.net.tg). International calls can easily be made from hotels. However, calls at post offices or in public or commercial telephone booths are cheaper.

Cellphone

GSM 900. Network operators are Togo Cell (Internet: www.togocel.tg) and Telecel Togo (Internet: www.telecel.tg). Togo Cell’s mobile network covers the whole country and Telecel Togo covers all major cities. Roaming contracts exist with mobile phone companies in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, among others. The cellular network based on a prepaid card is very well developed.

Internet

Internet provider is Togo Telecom (Internet: www.togotel.net.tg). Internet cafes are available nationwide.

Post Office

Poste restante shipments are possible, the service is very reliable. Airmail shipments to Europe take up to two weeks on the move. Mail traffic between Togo and Europe is relatively fast and only takes four to six days. The main post office is on avenue de la Liberation, in the city center. There are also secondary offices everywhere. There is also a post office in every large town. The opening times are Mon to Fri from 7.30 a.m. to noon and 2.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m., Sat from 7.30 a.m. to noon. Postage stamps and mailboxes can be found in most large hotels.

Radio

Since the use of shortwave frequencies changes several times over the course of a year, it is advisable to contact Deutsche Welle customer service directly (Tel: (+49) (0228) 429 32 08. Internet: www.dw-world.de) to request.

SHOP

Overview

Wax prints, indigo fabrics, kente and color print fabrics from Ghana, embroidery, batik and lace from Holland, gold and silver jewelry, masks and wooden sculptures. Shop opening times: Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-5.30 p.m., Sat 7.30 a.m.-12.30 p.m.

CULINARY

ACCOMMODATION

Hotels

Accommodation that meets international standards is only available in Lomé and Lama-Kara, but there are hotels in all major cities. Advance booking is recommended. More information from the Direction des Professions Touristiques (see addresses).

Camping

There are free campsites, but camping is not recommended.

CULTURE

Religion

51% followers of natural religions, 29% Christians, 20% Muslims (Sunnis).

Social rules of conduct

The diverse colonial heritage of Togo is particularly evident in the various Christian influences and European languages. Practical, casual attire is appropriate, but swimwear should only be worn on the beach or in the swimming pool. Tip: If not included in the bill, 10%; Taxi drivers don’t usually expect tips.

CLIMATE

Best travel time

Not quite as hot as in other countries on the West African coast – the harmattan from the north blows from December to January, the rainy season lasts from April to July. The hottest months are February and March.

COUNTRY DATA

Area code +228 Area (sqkm) 56785 Population 7552318 Population density (per sqkm) 133 Population in 2015 Member of the EU No main emergency number 117