CfaN was last in Lome in 2011!
Lome is the capital and the largest city of Togo. Located at the Gulf of Guinea, Lome is the country's administrative and industrial centre and its chief port. The city has seen massive growth in recent times due to an oil refinery in the east.
The population of Lome is made up of about 30 ethnic groups, many of whom are immigrants from other parts of western Africa. The official language is French, although it is not widely spoken outside of business and government.
Land and Climate
Lome has a tropical savanna climate, which is rather atypical of that latitude. The capital of Togo is relatively dry and on average has 59 rainy days per year. Despite this, the city experiences heavy fog most of the year. Average annual temperature in Lome is 27.5 °C (81.5 °F).
Lome is an important port, including a free trade zone opened in 1968. It exports phosphates, coffee, cocoa, cotton and palm oil, much of the transit going to the neighbouring countries of Ghana, Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso. The port also holds an oil refinery. The city has great potential because tourism is growing in the country.