Learn About Life in Togo

  • Population
    7.5 Million
  • Rural Population
  • Primary Language
  • Official Flag
  • Capital City
  • Currency
    CFA franc

Where is Togo?

Togo is located in Western Africa, between Benin and Ghana, and covers about 1,168 square miles, with almost 35 miles of coastline.

Because of its length, Togo stretches across six distinct geographic regions, with rolling, grassy plains in the north, a southern plateau, and low coastal plains with lagoons and marshes. The climate largely tropical.

Togo is slightly smaller than West Virginia.
Many different forms of indigenous religions, Christianity, and Islam are practiced throughout the country.


Togo’s small, sub-Saharan economy depends heavily on both commercial and subsistence agriculture, which provides employment for a significant share of the labor force. Some basic foodstuffs must still be imported. Cocoa, coffee, and cotton generate about 40% of export earnings with cotton being the most important cash crop. Togo is among the world’s largest producers of phosphate and seeks to develop its carbonate phosphate reserves.


Democratic gains allowed Togo to hold its first relatively free and fair legislative elections in October 2007. After years of political unrest and condemnation from international organizations for human rights abuses, Togo is finally being re-welcomed into the international community.


Approximately 66.5% of people 15 and older can read and write.


Approximately 32% of the population is below the poverty line.


65% of Togo's population work in agriculture, 30% work in service, and 5% work in industry.