AdministrationIt is the chief town of the Département of Thiès and that of the area of Thiès.
The city is attached to the network of the International association of the French-speaking mayors (MFA).
HistoryDianxene was a village founded Sérère at the 17th century in the Royaume of Cayor and which counted only 75 inhabitants in 1860.
The French colonizers create the commune of Thiès in 1904.
Léopold Sédar Senghor chaired the first municipal council.
GeographyThiès is located on the line of the Railroad of Dakar-Niger.
PopulationAt the time of the censuses of 1988 and 2002, Thiès respectively counted 175.465 and 237.849 people.
In 2007, according to the official estimates, the population would be of 263.493 inhabitants. While referring to the same source, the site of the common advance of the higher figures.
Economic activitiesOld place of garrison, rail junction and truck driver remarkably located on the axis Saint-Louis - Dakar, then administrative and economic center, Thiès profits from broad shaded avenues which release an atmosphere much more peaceful than that of the capital.
Many and ambitious work of town planning in progress, are perhaps not deprived of bonds with electoral stakes: the name of Thiès was sometimes quoted among the few cities claiming under future capital of Senegal.
However the industrial activities are not absent there. Indeed most of the inhabitants works in the exploitation of the mines of Phosphate S of Taïba and Pallo, or in other local companies as the factory of piles.
- Diocese of Thiès
- Cathedral of Thiès
Education and cultureThiès trains students in several fields (Polytechnic school, École of Officers…) and shelters a historical museum, the MSAD (Manufacture sénégalaise of decorative Arts), specialized in the tapestries, like one of the most former cinemas of the country.
Personalities born in Thiès
- Fama Diagne Senna, woman of letters
- Cheick Gueye, footballer
- Habib Koité, singer and musician
- Mame Diaye, footballer
- Ousmane Doye, footballer
- El Kabir Bolt, basketball player
- Coumba Gawlo Seck, singer Griot you
- Idrissa Seck, politician
- Saer Seine, basketball player
- Fodé Sylla, economic council and social French
- Habibou Traoré, footballer
- Thierno Faty Sow, scenario writer
- (since 1957)
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