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Key Facts

Département Dakar
Settled 15th century
Communes d'arrondissement 19
• Mayor Khalifa Sall (2009)[1] (BSS/PS)
• Regional president Abdoulaye Wade (since 2002)
• City 82.38 km2 (31.81 sq mi)
• Metro 547 km2 (211 sq mi)
Population (31 December 2005 estimate)
• City 1,030,594
• Density 12,510/km2 (32,400/sq mi)
• Metro 2,452,656
• Metro density 4,484/km2 (11,610/sq mi) 

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    The database, produced by the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and the Sabin Center on Climate Change Law, includes more than 1,200 relevant policies across 164 countries, which account for 95% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Classroom at the rural primary school Ecole Keur Madaro near Thies, Senegal.


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  • Outlook for 2013-17


    The country (Senegal) is located in Western Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Guinea-Bissau and Mauritania.  It has borders with Gambia for 740km, Guinea for 330km, Guinea-Bissau for 338km, Mali for 419km and Mauritania for 813km.
    Land in Senegal is generally low, rolling, plains rising to foothills in southeast.

    The climate varies to tropical and hot and humid to a rainy season (May to November) and strong southeast winds. The dry season (December to April) is dominated by hot, dry, harmattan wind.


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  • Geography and climate


    The Dakarian climate is warm. Dakar has a hot semi-arid climate (Köppen climate classification BSh), with a short rainy season and a lengthy dry season. Dakar's rainy season lasts from July to October while the dry season covers the remaining eight months. The city sees approximately 540 mm of precipitation per year.

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  • Khalifa Sall Ababacar


    Khalifa Sall Ababacar grew up in Dakar in the populous district of Grand Yoff. After completing elementary school district( the Lycée Blaise Diagne), he entered at the University during a period when political activism flourished in the student environment. He enrolled at the Faculty of Arts, specifically the Department of History and Geography.