Lomé, estimated population 700,000 (1998), is the capital of Togo. Located on the Gulf of Guinea, Lomé is the country's administrative and industrial center, and the chief port. The city exports coffee, cocoa, copra, and palm kernels. It also has an oil refinery. In addition to Lomé there are reliable Internet cafés accessible to the public in Dapaong, Kara, Sokode, Atakpame, Kpalime, Tsevie, Aneho and other small town like Agoue.
The city was founded in the eighteenth century by the Ewe people and became the capital of Togo at the end of the nineteenth century, when the German rulers transferred capital status from Ancho in 1897. The city then grew quickly until it was taken by the French Army in 1914 during World War I.
Lomé lies in the extreme south west of Togo, up against the Ghanaian border. Attractions in the city include Lomé Grand Market, the Togo National Museum in the Palais de Congrés, a fetish market, Lomé Cathedral, beaches and the former wharf.
The University of Benin is located in Lomé. Togo's main airport is outside the city, while the tallest building in Lomé and in all of Togo is the 2 Fevrier Sofitel Hotel building. The former railway line to Blitta runs from the city.
Neighbourhoods in Lomé include Kodjoviakopé, Nyekonakopé, Amoutivé, Tokoin and Bé. The northern neighbourhoods are almost seperated from the centre by a lagoon.
On February 28 1975, a financial and economic treaty was signed in Lomé between the European Economic Community and 46 African, Caribbean and Pacific states. This treaty is known as the first Lomé Convention.