Mali Country Facts
Alternate Names: Mali
Former Names: French Sudan, Sudanese Republic
Capital City: Bamako
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
Size/Area: 1.24 million sq km - almost twice the size of Texas
Land Locked: Yes
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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