Facts & Figures

Country: Republic of Senegal

Population: 12.8 million (UN, 2011 estimate)

Capital: Dakar

Area: 196,722 sq km (75,955 sq miles)

Main languages: French (official), Wolof

Main religions: Islam

Life expectancy: 61 (WHO, 2011)

Literacy rate: Adult [15+] 50%, Youth [15-24] 65% (UNESCO, 2009)

Urban population (% of total): 42.8% (UN, 2012)

Population under 18 years: 6.4 million (UNICEF, 2011)

Child mortality: 65 children in every 1,000 likely to die before 5 years (WHO, 2011)

Child nutrition: 19.2% of children below 5 years underweight (WHO, 2012)

Number of children (0-17) who have lost one/both parents: 520,000 (UNICEF, 2009)