Ten fun facts about Mali


Fact 1
The capital city of Mali is Bamako, which lies on the banks of the Niger River. Bamako is a good place to explore local markets and live music.

Fact 2
The official language of Mali is French, though 80% speak Bambara and numerous other African languages.

Fact 3
90% of the population is Muslims. Mali is a secular state as established by the constitution of the country.


Fact 4
The climate is subtropical to arid. Mali is hot and dry from February to June, rainy, humid and mild from June to November and cool and dry from November to February.

Fact 5
The West African CFA Franc is the currency used in Mali.

Fact 6
Since Mali is landlocked and dry, the rivers are very important for irrigation and transport. The rive Niger is the third-longest river in Africa and its runs for roughly 1050 miles through Mali.

Fact 7
Mali is highly dependent on gold mining and agricultural exports for revenue. As gold production has started to fall, they are developing their cotton and iron ore extraction industries.

Fact 8
The government is divided into three divisions, including executive, legislative and judicial. The system of government is described as “semi-presidential.”

Fact 9
The country gained its freedom from France on September 22, 1960 and celebrates their national day every year on this day.

Fact 10
Major agricultural outputs are rice, corn, millet, vegetables and tobacco and tree cops.


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Short about Mali
Is a landlocked country located in Western Africa, southwest of Algeria and east of Mauritania.


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Population
15,768,000

Sources
CIA The World Factbook



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