Capital: Dakar

Population: 15,184,689 (estimated in 2015)

Currency: West African CFA Franc (XOF)

Official Language: French

Unofficial Languages: Wolof, Jola, Mandinka, Pulaar

Main Religion: Islam

Ethnic Groups: Wolof, Pular, Serer, Soninke, Mandinka, Jola, and others

Largest Cities: Dakar, Pikine, Touba, Thiès Nones

Main Sport: Wrestling, Football

Political System: Republic

National Holidays (2016):

New Year’s Day (January 1)

Easter Sunday (March 27)

Easter Monday (March 28)

Labour Day (May 1)

Ascension Day (May 5)

Whit Monday (May 16)

Assumption of Mary (August 15)

Feast of Sacrifice (September 11)

Ashura (October 11)

All Saints’ Day (November 1)

Prophet’s Birthday (December 12)

Christmas Day (December 25)