AREA AND POPULATION. The Republic has a total area of 197,161 sq. km; the population in 1970 was about 3•8m. The capital is Dakar (population, 581,000). Kaolack (96,258), Thiès (90,688), Saint-Louis (81,204), Rufisque (58,200), Ziguinchor (45,772), Diourbel (36,010) and Louga (35,010) are other important towns.
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