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Full nameDakar
Native nameVille de Dakar
Settled15th century
MayorKhalifa Sall (2009)
Regional presidentAbdoulaye Wade (since 2002)
Total Area31.8 sq mi (82.38 km2)
Metro Area211.1 sq mi (547 km2)
Total Population1030594 (December 31, 2005 estimate)
Density (pop.)12510/km2 (32400.9/sq mi)
Metro (pop.)2452656
Other information
Time zoneGMT (UTC+0)

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Dakar is the capital city 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 Assembly of Senegal and Senegal's President's Palace.

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