Largest Cities in Mali
Facts about Mali
Official languages: French, Bambara
Area: 1,240,000 km²
Population: 13.8 million residents
Population density: 11.13 residents per km²
Internet TLD: .ml
ISO codes: ML, MLI , 466
The dialing code for Mali is +223
Mali (officially the Republic of Mali) is a landlocked country in West Africa. Its capital is called Bamako. Most of the population lives in the southern part of the country, which is traversed by the two rivers Niger and Senegal. The north extends deep into the Sahara and is extremely sparsely populated.
Mali is a developing country whose economy is mainly based on agriculture, mining and the export of raw materials and is heavily dependent on development aid. The main industries are agriculture, fishing and, increasingly, mining. The most important mineral resources include gold, of which Mali is the third largest producer in Africa, and salt. Around half of the population lives below the poverty line. The country ranks lower in the Human Development Index.
Mali has a long tradition in cultural areas. Especially in music, dance, literature and the fine arts, it leads an independent cultural life that is known far beyond its borders.
In the past there have been repeated terrorist attacks in Mali that also affected foreigners. Further attacks are possible anywhere in Mali at any time. Attacks and military fighting occur particularly in northern Mali. An increase in violent crime can be observed, even if this has so far only affected a few foreigners. Rebels and terrorist groups are active throughout the north of the country, around the Niger River northeast of Mopti and along the southern and eastern border between Mauritania and Mali.
Travelers are therefore advised to behave particularly cautiously, avoid crowds and strictly follow the instructions of the local security forces.
Biggest Cities of Mali by Population
The largest city in Mali and also the capital of the country is Bamako. Bamako has 1.8 million inhabitants. It has been growing for years. Bamako is located in the southwest of Mali on the Niger.