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Capital: Bamako

Government: Unitary Semi-Presidential Republic

Current President: Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta


  • Highly dependent on gold mining and agricultural exports for revenue.
  • Economic activity is largely confined to the riverine area irrigated by the Niger River and about 65% of its land is desert or semi-desert.
  • About 10% of the population is nomadic and about 80% of the labor force is engaged in farming and fishing.

Population: 19,553,397 (2020)

Land Size: 1.25 million sq km (482,077 sq miles)

Major Ethnic Groups:

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

  • Muslim: 90%
  • Christian: 1%
  • Indigenous African Religion: 9%


  • French (official)
  • Bambara: 80%
  • Fulfulde
  • Soninke



  • Mon - Oct 18, 2021: Maestro's Message of Peace to Sahel Region's Youngsters Drawn to Extremism - AllAfrica News: Mali
    [UN News] An ambitious project to raise awareness about rising insecurity and mass displacement in the Sahel has resulted in an original musical score from Mali songwriter Vieux Farka Touré.
  • Wed - Oct 13, 2021: French Soldier, 29, Killed 'By Accident' in Northern Mali - AllAfrica News: Mali
    [RFI] An investigation is underway after the death of a 29-year-old French soldier during a maintenance operation in Mali, the French Army Chief of Staff said Wednesday.
  • Sun - Oct 10, 2021: Colombian Nun Abducted in 2017 Freed - AllAfrica News: Mali
    [VOA] Bamako, Mali -- A Franciscan nun from Colombia kidnapped by jihadis in Mali in 2017 was freed Saturday, a statement from Mali's presidential office said.
  • Fri - Oct 8, 2021: Kenyans Rant On Twitter After Harambee Stars Loss to Mali - AllAfrica News: Mali
    [Nairobi News] Kenyans have shared their anger and frustration on social media after the men's national football team was thrashed 5-0 by Mali in a 2022 Fifa World Cup qualification match in Morocco on Thursday night.
  • Fri - Oct 8, 2021: French 'Cities Campaign' in Support of Reporter Held Hostage in Mali - AllAfrica News: Mali
    [RSF] On the initiative of Reporters Without Borders (RSF), 12 large and medium-sized French cities are going to join Paris in displaying huge photos of Olivier Dubois, a French journalist who has been held hostage by an armed group in Mali for the past six months.