Lomé is the capital city for the West African country officially named the Togolese Republic.
Lomé serves as Togo’s only international port, from which its principal shipments are exported natural calcium phosphates, cement, plastic containers and raw cotton. All told, Togo’s exports totaled US$714.9 million for 2016.
Mercer’s 2016 Cost of Living rankings benchmark how much a new resident in a city has to pay for products compared to New York using the US dollar as the base currency. For 2016, Lomé ranks as the 132nd costliest city for newly relocated citizens, up 12 places from 2015 when Mercer recognized Lomé as the world’s 144th most expensive city.
Capital Facts for Lomé, Togo: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Lomé Grand Market, National Museum of Togo, Grand Mosque, Lomé Cathedral and the Independence Monument
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Lomé, Togo:
- Emmanuel Adebayor, soccer player/footballer (born Feb. 26, 1984)
- Kossi Aguessy, industrial designer & artist (born Apr. 17, 1977)
- Roland Kpotsra, United Nations representative (born Feb. 20, 1947)
- Serge Akakpo, soccer player/footballer (born Oct. 15, 1987)
- Camaldine Abraw, soccer player/footballer (born Aug. 15, 1990)
- Tavio Amorin, socialist politician (born Nov. 20, 1958)
- Komlan Amewou, soccer player/footballer (born Dec. 15, 1983)
- Kossi Agassa (aka Magic Hands), soccer/football goalkeeper (born Jul. 2, 1978)
- Tarek Kodjo Boustani, pilot & flight commander (born Oct. 27, 1975)
- Kondo Arimiyaou, soccer player/footballer (born Feb. 18, 1991)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches mostly targeting published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a Togo resident: Togolese
Population: 1,735,000 (Lomé built-up urban area)
Density: 21,688 people per square mile (8,374 per square kilometer)
Population: 7,756,937 (Togo)
Density: 369 people per square mile (143 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$10.85 billion in 2015 (for Togo, per CIA World Factbook)
GDP per person: $1,500
Note: The above country-level GDP metrics are on a Purchasing Power Parity basis and are in U.S. dollars. Credible city GDP statistics for Lomé were unavailable.
Official currency used in Lomé: Western African CFA franc
Atlas & Boots, The World’s Most Expensive Cities for Expats 2016. Accessed on February 17, 2017
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on December 16, 2016
Central Intelligence Agency, World Factbook, Africa: Togo . Accessed on February 17, 2017
Central Intelligence Agency, World Factbook, Field Listing: Major Urban Areas. Accessed on December 16, 2016
CityMetric, Where are largest cities in the world? 2015 edition. Accessed on December 16, 2016
Demographia, World Urban Area, 12th Annual Edition. Accessed on December 16, 2016
International Trade Centre, Trade Map. Accessed on February 17, 2017
Mercer, 2016 Cost of Living Rankings. Accessed on February 17, 2017
Official Website, Port of Lomé PAL. Accessed on December 16, 2016
ThroneWorld Enterprises, Flag of Lome. Accessed on December 16, 2016
Wikipedia, Lomé. Accessed on December 16, 2016
Wikipedia, Togo. Accessed on February 17, 2017
Including nearby towns and villages, Togo has a built-up urban area measuring 80 square miles (207 square kilometers) within which an estimated 1.7 million people lived in 2016.
The total land area for Togo is much larger, encompassing 20,998 square miles (54,385 square kilometers) and serving as home to approximately 7.8 million residents.
Population density is highly concentrated within the urbanized territory associated with Togo’s capital city Lomé, averaging 21,700 inhabitants per square mile (8,400 per square kilometer).
Country-level metrics involve a much more extensive land area, which is why Togo’s population density drops significantly to 369 residents per square mile (143 per square kilometer).
Togo exited from the League of Nations mandate under French administration on April 27, 1960. Togolese celebrate Independence Day as a public holiday each April 27.