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Louga (Senegal)
Red pog.svg
Coordinates 15 ° 37 '24 "  N , 16 ° 13' 25"  W Coordinates: 15 ° 37 '24 "  N , 16 ° 13' 25"  W.
Basic data
Country Senegal


Department Louga
height 42 m
surface 18 km²
Residents 104,349 (2013)
density 5,797.2  Ew. / km²
City hospital
City hospital

Louga [ luˈɡa ] is a city in northwest Senegal . It is the capital of the Louga region and the Louga department .

Geographical location

Louga is located 203 kilometers northeast of Dakar and 68 kilometers southeast of Saint-Louis in the area of ​​the rain-poor Sahel zone . The Grande-Côte on the Atlantic is 38 kilometers away.


Louga quickly developed from a small village and market town in this area called Ndiambour into a town after the French colonial administration built a fort here in 1883 to pacify this area south of the city of Saint-Louis . Soon many people from the troubled surrounding area moved here under the protection of the colonial power. On January 18, 1887, this established the Cercle (district) Louga. This promoted the central function of the city. From then on, its residents devoted themselves not only to agriculture and cattle breeding, but also to other branches of business and to trade and social life. The first planned urban settlement was established in 1894. Since then, Louga has developed the appearance and infrastructure of a typical French colonial town.

Starting in 1900, the establishment of a cattle and farmers market (Marbath) gave the city of Louga a considerable boost in development. In 1901, the district of Santhiaba was built west of the Dakar – Saint-Louis railway line, which opened in 1885 .


The city of Louga already had a thousand inhabitants in 1887. The last censuses showed the following population figures for the city:

year Residents
1976 35,579
1988 52.057
2002 73,662
2013 104,349

Twin cities

City personalities

  • Abdou Diouf (* 1935), President of Senegal from 1982 to 2000

See also

Web links

Commons : Louga  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Senegal: The most important places with statistics on their population