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A virtual travel guide to Ghana. This page aims to give you a broad overview of Ghana's art, culture, people, environment, geography, history, economy and government.
Beside a country profile with facts and figures, the page contains links to sources which provide you with all the information you need to know about this West African nation, e.g.: official web sites of Ghana, addresses of Ghana and foreign embassies, domestic airlines, city- and country guides with extensive travel and tourism information on accommodation, tourist attractions, events and more like weather information, maps, statistics and local newspapers from Ghana.

Ghana's Presidental Palace in Accra.
Photo: Jess & Peter

Republic of Ghana

Country Profile

Ghana Flag
Flag of Ghana

Formed from the merger of the British colony of the Gold Coast and the Togoland trust territory, Ghana in 1957 became the first sub-Saharan country in colonial Africa to gain its independence. A long series of coups resulted in the suspension of the constitution in 1981 and a ban on political parties. A new constitution, restoring multiparty politics, was approved in 1992. Lt. Jerry RAWLINGS, head of state since 1981, won presidential elections in 1992 and 1996, but was constitutionally prevented from running for a third term in 2000. John KUFUOR, who defeated former Vice President Atta MILLS in a free and fair election, succeeded him.
(Source: CIA - The World Factbook)

border countries: Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, Togo
related countries: United Kingdom
where in Africa is Ghana

Official Name:
Republic of Ghana
short form: Ghana
former: Gold Coast

ISO Country Code: gh

Time Zone:
Local Time = UTC (+-0; no UTC/GMT offset)
Actual Time: Sat-Oct-10  05:15

Country Calling Code: +233

Capital City: Accra

Other Cities: Kumasi (1 million est.), Tema (500,000 est.), Sekondi-Takoradi (370,000 est.).

Type: Multiparty Democracy.
Independence: 6 March 1957.
Constitution: Entered into force 7 January 1993.

Location: Western Africa, bordering the Gulf of Guinea, between Cote d'Ivoire and Togo.
Area: 238,391 km² (92,100 sq. mi.).
Terrain: Plains and scrubland, rainforest, savanna.

Climate: Tropical; warm and comparatively dry along southeast coast; hot and humid in southwest; hot and dry in north.

Nationality: Ghanaian(s).
Population: 24.2 million (2010 census)
Ethnic groups: Akan, Ewe, Ga, Moshi-Dagomba.
Religions: Christian 69%, Muslim 15%, traditional and indigenous beliefs 9%.
Languages: English (official), Akan (which includes Asante Twi, Akwapim Twi, Akyem, and Fanti) 49%, Mole-Dagbani 16%, Ewe 13%, Ga-Adangbe 8%, Guan 4%, others 10%.
Literacy: 70%

Natural resources: Gold, timber, diamonds, bauxite, manganese, fish.

Agriculture products: Cocoa, rice, coffee, cassava (tapioca), peanuts, corn, shea nuts, bananas; timber

Industries: Mining, lumbering, light manufacturing, aluminum smelting, food processing, cement, small commercial ship building.

Exports partners: Netherlands 12.3%, UK 10%, France 6.9%, USA 6.4%, Belgium 4.7%, Germany 4.6%, Japan 4.2% (2004)

Imports partners: Nigeria 12.6%, China 11.4%, UK 6.6%, USA 6.4%, France 4.9%, Netherlands 4.2% (2004)

Currency: Cedi (GHC)

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Official Sites of Ghana

The Republic of Ghana
The Official Website of the Republic of Ghana.

Ghana Castle
Office of President of the Republic of Ghana .

The Parliament of Ghana
The Parliament of Ghana website.

Diplomatic Missions
Ghana Permanent Mission Geneva
Ghana's Permanent Mission to the UN.
Embassy of Ghana
The Hague - Netherlands.
Foreign Embassies in Ghana
A list of foreign representations in Ghana.


profile Political Map of Ghana
Administrative Map of Ghana.
Google Earth Google Earth Ghana
Searchable map and satellite view of Ghana.
Google Earth Google Earth Accra
Searchable map and satellite view of Ghana's capital city.

Political Map of Africa
The 54 countries of Africa.
Map of Africa
A Relief Map of Africa.



Accra Daily Mail
Accra's major news source with news, commentaries, business, sports and entertainment.
Ghanaian Chronicle
Ghanas weekly news online.
Ghana Review international
GRI - News from Ghana.

International News
Google News Search
Find Ghana related news.
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Arts & Culture

Akan Cultural Symbols Project
About Adinkra symbolism as a visual representation of social thought relating to the history, philosophy and religious beliefs of the Akan peoples of Ghana and the Gyaman people of Cote' d'lvoire.

The Ashantis
Asanteman - The Ashanti Kingdom, The Ashantis are one section of the people known as the Akans in Ghana.

Navrongo and Lawra Home Page
Web Page devoted to two small communities in Northern Ghana.

Music in Ghana
Everything about Ghana Music.
More Ghanaian Music.
Shasha Marley
Shasha Marley is a great singer and lyricist from Ghana, he has used his music to promote social, political and medical change throughout Africa (Listen to Twin City Mafia on YouTube).
African Art, African Artists, Artisans, Designers.

Celebrating the Ghanaian Woman, an online community for Ghanaian women.

Ghana for World Cup 2006
Agoro - Official Ghana Worldcup guide.
Ghana Football Association
Official Website of the Ghana Football Association.
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Business & Economy

Bank of Ghana
Central Bank Ghana.

Ghana Stock Exchange
The GSE aims to become a relevant, significant and efficient vehicle in mobilizing and allocating long term capital for the economic development and growth of Ghana.

Ghana Investment Promotion Centre
Government agency which encourage, promote and facilitate investments in all sectors of the economy except mining and petroleum.

Destination Ghana - Travel and Tour Guides

Discover Ghana: accommodation, hotels, attractions, festivals, events, tourist boards, drumming and dancing, tours and much more.

Ghana Tourism
Official Site of Ghana Tourism with comprehensive information on tourist attractions, travel information, events.

Visiting Ghana
Tourism information by Ghanaian government.

Africa Online - Ghana
Ghana information by Africa Online.

A Ghana portal with news and information on Ghana.

Kumasi, Ashanti, Ghana - the city of Kumasi's website.


Travel and Tour Consumer Information
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Education in Ghana
Information about the educational system in Ghana.

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
KNUST a centre of excellence in Africa for teaching in Science and Technology.

University of Cape Coast Ghana
The University of Cape Coast was established in 1962, one of the rare sea front Universities in the World.

University of Ghana
The university of the nation.

Environment & Nature

Ghana Environmental Protection Agency
Government institution dedicated to continuously improving and conserving the country's environment.



Synopsis of Ghana's history.
Historical Ghana
Short History of the Gold Coast.
History of Ghana
Wagadugu's History.
Sankofa "go back and take"; symbol of the importance of the past  

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