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Mali's Information

Flag of Mali
Land Area 1,220,190 km2
Water Area 20,002 km2
Total Area 1,240,192km2 (#23)
Population 17,467,108 (#64)
Population Density 14.32/km2
Government Type Semi-presidential Republic
GDP (PPP) $38.09 Billion
GDP Per Capita $2,300
Currency Franc (XOF)
Largest Cities
  • Name: Mali
  • Capital City: Bamako (1,809,106 pop.)
    (2,757,234 metro)
  • Mali Population: 15,968,882 (2013 est.)
  • World Populations (all countries)
  • Currency: West African CFA franc
    (conversion rates)

    West African CFA franc
    5000 West African Francs
  • Ethnicity: Mande 50% (Bambara, Malinke, Soninke), Peul 17%, Voltaic 12%, Songhai 6%, Tuareg and Moor 10%, other 5%
  • GDP total: $18.28 billion (2012 est.)
  • GDP per capita: $1,100 (2012 est.)
  • Land Sizes
  • Language: French (official), Bambara 80%, numerous African languages
  • Largest Cities: (by population) Bamako, Sikasso, Mopti, Koutiala, Kayes Ndi, Segou
  • Name: Mali is named after the ancient West African Kingdom, and translates to, "Hippopotamus," in Malinke and Bamana.
  • National Day: September 22
  • Religion: Muslim 90%, Christian 1%, indigenous beliefs 9%
  • Symbols
This page was last updated on April 7, 2017.

Mali Trivia

What are the largest ethnic groups in Mali?

The Bambara are the largest ethnic group in the country making up about 36.5% of the total population in the country. Fulani makes up about 15% of the population and Sarakole 11%. Other ethnic groups include Senufo, Dogon, and Malinke.

Largest Ethnic Groups In Mali

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