Lomé, the capital of Togo, is important as a city for exporting of goods. It is located in the southwestern part of the country on the Gulf of Guinea (Atlantic Ocean). It was the capital of the colony of German Togoland in 1897. It has gained importance as a center for transport, administration and commerce. The city is equipped with a jetty, railways, a deep water harbor, an international airport and universities. There is also the Maison du Peuple, which was opened in 1972. This has a conference hall with a seating capacity of 3000 people. This is also the headquarters for the political party of Togo. The population of the city is over 365,000.
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