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Mali Country Facts

Guest Author - Jeanne Egbosiuba Ukwendu

Official Name: Republic of Mali

Alternate Names: Mali

Former Names: French Sudan, Sudanese Republic

Capital City: Bamako

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Flag: Mali's flag has three vertical stripes. From the hoist side the order is green, yellow and red.

Date of Independence: September 22, 1960 (from France)

National Anthem: Le Mali

Population: 12,666,987

Mali MapSize/Area: 1.24 million sq km - almost twice the size of Texas

Land Locked: Yes

Coastline: None

Bordering Countries: Algeria, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Cote d'Ivoire, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal

Administrative Divisions: 8 regions - Gao, Kayes, Kidal, Koulikoro, Mopti, Segou, Sikasso, Tombouctou

Major Cities: Bamako, Kayes, Sikasso, Mopti, Gao, Kidal

Languages: French (official), Bambara, numerous African languages

Religions: Muslim (90%), Christian (1%), indigenous beliefs (9%)

Major Holidays: 1 Jan New Year's Day (Jan 1),Armed Forces' Day (Jan 20), Mawloud (Prophet's Birthday) (Mar 9), Easter Monday, Day of Democracy (Mar 26), Labour Day (May 1), Africa Day (May 25), Independence Day (Sept 22), Korité (End of Ramadan), Tabaski (Feast of the Sacrifice), Christmas Day (Dec 25)

Currency: West African CFA Franc

Currency Code: XOF

Highest Point: Hombori Tondo 1,155 m

Lowest Point: Senegal River 23 m

Bodies of Water: Niger River, Senegal River

Climate: Mali has a subtropical to arid climate.

Major Industries: food processing, construction, phosphate, and gold mining

Major Agricultural Products: cotton, millet, rice, corn, vegetables, peanuts, cattle, sheep, goats

Natural Resources: gold, phosphates, kaolin, salt, limestone, uranium, gypsum, granite, hydropower

Time Zone: GMT

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