Mali


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Mali Flag Description. Three equal vertical bands of green (hoist side), yellow, and red; uses the popular pan-African colors of Ethiopia.


Map of Mali
Meaning of Country’s name Mali was once part of three West African empires that controlled trans-Saharan trade: the Ghana Empire, the Mali Empire (named after Mali) and Songhai Empire
Capital Bamako
Largest Cities Bamako, Segou, Sikasso, Mopti
Population 16,455,903 (2014 est)
Country Code 223
Internet Country Code .ml
Area 478,839 sq mi (1,240,192 km sq)
Area-Comparative Slightly less than twice the size of Texas
Bordering Countries Algeria, Niger, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Senegal, Mauritania
Date of Founding (Current State) September 22, 1960
Type of Government Semi-Presidential Republic
Languages Spoken French, Arabic, English
Religions Practiced Islam (94.8%), Christianity (2.4%), Indigenous (2.8%)
GDP per Capita $1,100 (2013 est) (USD)
Latest GDP Growth Rate 4.8% (2009 est)
Top Exports Cotton, Salt, Precious Stones, Metals, Livestocks, Mineral Fuels, Oil
National Holidays New Year’s Day – January 1, Armed Forces’ Day – January 20, Day of Democracy – March 26, Easter Monday – Variable, Labor Day – May 1, Africa Day – May 25, Korite (End of Ramadan) – Sept 11, Independence Day – September 22, Tabaski (Feast of Sacrifice) – November 17, Christmas Day – December 25
Money Currency West African CFA franc (XOP)
National Sports Teams Mali Women’s National Basketball Team, Mali National Cricket Team, Mali Davis Cup Team, Mali National Basketball Team, Mali National Football Team, Mali National Rugby Union Team
Random Fact Salt was such a valuable commodity that people would trade a pound of a gold for a pound of salt. Mali is famous for its salt mines

NEWS From Mali

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  • Mali Presidential Vote Set for July 28

    [VOA]Mali will hold a presidential election on July 28, as the West African country tries to recover from its ongoing political crisis.
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  • Study - Small Senegal Minority Supports Mali Jihadists

    [VOA]Dakar -Researchers in Senegal say that despite the country's reputation for stability and religious tolerance, a small minority of Sene...
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