Pikine

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Pikine
Town
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Pikine is located in Senegal
Pikine
Pikine
Coordinates: 14°45′0″N 17°24′0″W / 14.75000°N 17.40000°W / 14.75000; -17.40000Coordinates: 14°45′0″N 17°24′0″W / 14.75000°N 17.40000°W / 14.75000; -17.40000
Country  Senegal
Region Dakar Region
Department Pikine
Area
 • Total 87 km2 (34 sq mi)
Population (2013)
 • Total 1,170,791
 • Density 13,000/km2 (35,000/sq mi)
Time zone GMT (UTC+0)

Pikine is a city in the Pikine Department of the Dakar Region of Senegal. Lying to the east of Dakar city centre, at the 2013 Census it had a population of 1,170,791. The department includes the villages of Yeumbeul, Thiaroye, Mbao, and Keur Massar Malika. Until the mid-2000s, it also included Guédiawaye, which now forms a separate Department.

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The city was founded in 1952 by the colonial government for former residents of Dakar who were relocated for new developments. This original city is now known as "Old Pikine", while an informal community has grown up around it.

The Grande Niaye de Pikine, a green area known for market gardening, lies to the north west of Pikine.

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