According to ALLCITYCODES.COM, Senegal is located in West Africa and has a population of over 16 million. The country is bordered by Mauritania, Mali, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, and the Atlantic Ocean. The official language of Senegal is French and the national currency is the West African CFA franc (XOF). The majority of people living in Senegal are Muslim and practice either Sunni or Sufi Islam. However, there are also some Christian communities in the country as well. Senegal’s area codes are two digits long and begin with a “2” followed by a digit from 1 to 8. For example, the area code for Dakar is 22. This numbering scheme applies to all landline telephones in Senegal as well as mobile telephones that use GSM technology. In addition to the area code system used for landlines and GSM mobile phones, there are also some special codes that can be used when making international calls from Senegal. These include: 00 for international calls made from fixed lines; 011 for international calls made from GSM mobile phones; 020 for international calls made from VoIP services such as Skype; 080 for international toll-free numbers; 090 for premium rate numbers; and 099 for emergency services numbers. When making an international call to Senegal one needs to dial +221 followed by the local phone number they wish to reach. For example if you were calling a cell phone located in Dakar you would need to dial +22122550000 where 22 represents Dakar’s area code followed by 122550000 which would be the local phone number within Dakar itself. When sending an SMS message or making a VoIP call one simply needs to add +221 before entering the local phone number they wish to reach as this will ensure that their message reaches its destination without any issues caused by language barriers or incorrect country codes being used instead of +221 for Senegal. The use of +221 for all calls made from outside of Senegal helps simplify communication between people living here and those living abroad as it eliminates any potential confusion caused by different country codes being used for different parts of the world or language barriers that could arise from using only local telephone numbers instead of international ones like those provided by VoIP services such as Skype and FaceTime. Senegal is a democratic republic and has had a long tradition of peaceful democratic transfer of power. The current president, Macky Sall, was elected in 2012 and reelected in 2019. Senegal’s political system is based on the French model, with three branches of government: executive, legislative and judicial. The president is both head of state and head of government and appoints the prime minister. The legislature is a unicameral National Assembly with 150 members elected to five-year terms. Senegal has a multi-party system with numerous parties represented in the National Assembly. Political parties generally focus on issues such as economic development, social justice, environmental protection and regional autonomy. While there are generally fair elections held throughout the country, there have been some allegations of corruption related to presidential elections in recent years. Senegal also has strong ties to the African Union (AU) and other international organizations such as the United Nations (UN) as well as regional organizations like ECOWAS (Economic Community Of West African States). LOVERISTS: Features public policy of Senegal.