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A virtual travel guide to Ghana, a country in western Africa between Cote d'Ivoire and Togo bordered by Burkina Faso in north and by the Gulf of Guinea in south.

The country covers an area of 238,533 kmĀ², making it slightly smaller than the UK, or also slightly smaller than the U.S. state of Oregon. Ghana's terrain consists mostly of low plains with some scattered hills.

Mount Afadja (or Mount Afadjato) is Ghana's highest peak with just 885 m (2,904 ft). The hill is located in the Agumatsa Range east of Lake Volta, the world's largest artificial lake.

Ghana has a population of almost 28.3 million inhabitants (in 2016). Capital city is Accra. Spoken languages are English (official) and West African languages.

 

Republic of Ghana


Country Profile



Background:
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

 

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

ISO Country Code: gh

Time:
Time Zone:
Local Time = UTC (+-0; no UTC/GMT offset)
Actual Time: Fri-Apr-28  23:39

Country Calling Code: +233

Capital City: Accra

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


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

Geography:
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.

People:
Nationality: Ghanaian(s).
Population: 28.3 million (2016)
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 - commodities: oil, gold, cocoa, timber, tuna, bauxite, aluminum, manganese ore, diamonds, horticultural products

Exports - partners: India 25.2%, Switzerland 12.2%, China 10.6%, France 5.7% (2015)

Imports - commodities: capital equipment, refined petroleum, foodstuffs

Imports - partners: China 32.6%, Nigeria 14%, Netherlands 5.5%, US 5.4% (2015)

Currency: Cedi (GHC)


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Official Sites of Ghana


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

Presidency of Ghana
Office of the President of the Republic of Ghana.

The Parliament of Ghana
The Parliament of Ghana website.


Diplomatic Missions:
Permanent Mission of Ghana to the United Nations
Ghana's Permanent Mission to the UN.
Embassy of Ghana
Embassy of Ghana in The Hague - Netherlands.
Embassy of Ghana in Washington D.C.
Embassy of Ghana in the United States.
Ghana Missions Abroad
List of Ghana Missions Abroad.
Foreign Embassies in Ghana
A list of foreign representations in Ghana.


Maps

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.

Highlands in Ghana's westen region
Hills in the highlands of Ghana's westen region.
Image: Stig Nygaard 

News


All Ghana News
Major news source with news, commentaries, business, sports and entertainment.
Ghanaian Chronicle
Ghana news online.
Daily Guide Africa
Ghana news.
The Ghanaian Times
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
Latest Ghana Music
The latest about popular Ghana music.
GhanaMusic.com
100% GH 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).

africancraft.com
African Art, African Artists, Artisans, Designers.

Obaasema
Magazine - Ghanaian Woman, Entertainment, Beauty, Fashion, Love ....

Sports
Ghana Football Association
Official Website of the Ghana Football Association.
 
Presidental Palace in Accra
Ghana's Presidental Palace in Accra.
Photo: Jess & Peter

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.
 
 
Travel and Tour Consumer Information


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.

GhanaHomePage
A Ghana portal with news and information on Ghana.

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


 
 

Education

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.
 
 

 
Sankofa "go back and take"; symbol of the importance of the past

History

History
Synopsis of Ghana's history.
Historical Ghana
Short History of the Gold Coast.
History of Ghana
Wagadugu's History.
 
 

Search


GhanaHomePage
Ghana web directory index of Ghana related Websites.

Additional Information on Ghana


Africa South of the Sahara - Ghana (Karen Fung)

BBC Country Profile: Ghana

Open Directory Project: Ghana

Wikipedia: Ghana

The World Factbook -- Ghana
 
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