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Mali consists of eight regions and its borders on the north reach deep into the middle of the Sahara Desert, while the country's southern part, where the majority of inhabitants live, features the Niger and Senegal rivers. The country's economy centers on agriculture and fishing. Some of Mali's prominent natural resources include gold, being the third largest producer of gold in the African continent

Languages: French (official), Bambara 80%, numerous African language

Ethnic Groups: Mande 50% (Bambara, Malinke, Soninke), Peul 17%, Voltaic 12%, Songhai 6%, Tuareg and Moor 10%, other 5%

Belief Systems: Muslim 90%, Christian 1%, indigenous beliefs 9%


Population: 17.3 million people (World Rank: 63rd) (2014 estimate)
Population Density: 36.7 people/mi^2 (People per Square Mile) (World Rank: 216th) (2014 estimate)
Population Growth: 3 %/yr (World Rank: 16th) (2013 estimate)
Life Expectancy: 55 years (World Rank: 216th) (2013 estimate)
Median Age: 16.5 years (World Rank: 190th) (2010 estimate)

Sites for More Information:

Map of Mali
Map from the University of Texas Library

United Nations Country Profile for Mali

Wikipedia Entry for Mali

Current News in Mali
from allAfrica.com

Mali - Facts and Information 1
United Nations Economic Commission for Africa African Information Society Initiative

Mali - Facts and Information 2
Columbia Encyclopedia Entry for Mali

Mali - Facts and Information 3
The World Factbook Entry for Mali

Culture and Tourism:

Traveling to Mali 1
Comprehensive travel information from africaguide.com

Traveling to Mali 2

Events in Mali

Travel Guide for Mali
Wikitravel Entry for Mali

Language Resources:

Learning Bambara

Bambara Phrasebook

Bambara alphabet, pronunciation, and language
from omniglot.com

Learn French Online

Learn French Online 2
from mylanguages.org

French language, alphabet, and pronunciation
from omniglot.com

French Language Games
from digitaldialects.com

Government Related:

Government Websites of Mali
Directory of government Websites and other links by Gunnar Anzinger

Local Weather Conditions

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