5+ Togo Facts: Fun Trivia On the Food, Culture, History & More

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Looking for a few tantalizing Togo facts? If you want to learn about the food, culture, history, or other fun facts about Togo, this article is for you!

Ready to learn a few interesting facts about Togo?

Whether you’re thinking of visiting Togo in the near future or just want to understand more about this Central African country, you’ve come to the right place!

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A group of sibling children doing some early-morning work in Lome, Togo’s capital. Taken by Jordan Rowland via unsplash.com. [Public Domain].

Here’s our roundup of the most interesting Togo facts:

1. Togo is one of the smallest countries in Africa, located along the Gulf of Guinea. It borders Ghana, Benin, and Burkina Faso, and it is one of the narrowest countries in the world, being less than 71 mi (115 km) wide from east to west. It covers an area of 21,925 mi2 (56,785 km2) south of the Sahara.

2. As a former French colony, French is one of the official languages. The other official language is Yoruba, though there are many local languages spoken throughout, including Ewe and Kabiye. Togo gained its independence from France in 1960 to become the Togolese Republic (its official name). Togolese is also the demonym used to call something or someone from Togo.

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3. The population of Togo is just over 8.6 million inhabitants, as of 2020. The Togolese people are made up of around 40 different ethnic groups. The Ewe people make up about one-third of Togo’s population, followed by the Kotokoli people, Kabye people, Ouatchi people, and others.

4. Togo’s capital and largest city is Lomé. Located in the very south of the country on the Gulf of Guinea and along the border with Ghana, Lomé’s more than 830,000 people make up about 10% of the entire country’s population.

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5. Togo’s national beverage is sodabi, a liquor made from distilled palm wine. Palm sap is first fermented into palm wine, and then the palm wine is heated in a way to separate out the alcoholic content to become sodabi. Sodabi is an integral part of the culture of Togo (and neighboring Benin), used at weddings, holidays, and as a sign of hospitality.

Well, that’s all our Togo facts for now, and we hope you’ve found this post interesting and informative! Do you have any questions, feedback, or other facts about Togo we should include on our list? Let us know below in the comments, and thanks for reading!

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