Republic. Gained independence from French-administered UN trusteeship in 1960.
Head of state:
President Faure Gnassingbé since 2005.
Head of government:
Prime Minister Kwesi Ahoomey-Zunu since 2012.
220 volts AC, 50Hz. Round two-pin plugs are used.
Togo is a tiny sliver of a country but manages to squeeze in dense forests, savannah, coastal lagoons, long sandy beaches and swampy plains. Despite its uncertain political situation, the country boasts many captivating wonders.
The capital city Lomé lies on the Gulf of Benin. Modern hotels line the beach, while the city's past can be uncovered among the pockets of colonial architecture and its traditions discovered in the famous fetish market, which sells traditional remedies and carved figures to ward off evil.
Togo's national parks are home to buffaloes, elephants and antelope, as well as numerous tropical bird species. Coffee and cocoa farms, waterfalls and palm plantations characterise the country's plateau, which rises behind the coast. In northeastern Togo, the traditional mud-tower settlements of the Batammariba in the Koutammakou landscape gained UNESCO World Heritage status in 2004.
Last updated: 19 April 2014
The travel advice summary below is provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. 'We' refers to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. For their full travel advice, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.
You should avoid all demonstrations and large gatherings anywhere in the country as they could quickly become violent. There were riots and protests in Lomé in August 2012 and also in April 2013.
There’s no formal British diplomatic representation in Togo. In case of an emergency you should contact the British High Commission in Accra, Ghana. There’s an Honorary Consul in Togo, who can offer limited help.