is the capital and largest city of Senegal. It is located on
the Cap-Vert Peninsula on the Atlantic coast and is the westernmost city on the
African mainland. Its position, on the western edge of Africa, is an
advantageous departure point for trans-Atlantic and European trade; this fact
aided its growth into a major regional port.
According to December 31, 2005 official estimates, the city of Dakar proper
has a population of 1,030,594, whereas the population of the Dakar metropolitan
area is estimated at 2.45 million people.
Dakar is a major administrative centre, home to the National