Ghana

Fast facts

The famously friendly West African country of Ghana is loads of fun to visit as a traveller.The country is blessed with hundreds of kilometres of coast shared by beautiful beaches, like those at Busua and Dixcove, ruined European forts, such as Elmina and Cape Coast Castle, the reminders of the countrys importance as a way station for African slaves, and the battered shacks of lively fishing villages. Accra is the lively capital city and entry point into Ghana for most travellers. For Ashante cultural experiences visit Kumasi.  In the east lies the Volta region and Lake Volta - the world's largest man made reservoir. Here you can still find substantial forest crawling up mountains along the Togo border. And finally the North, which offers opportunities for wildlife viewing up close and personal, stretches across the horizon to Burkina Faso. Ghana is a refreshing non commercial destination to explore !

AREA 238 537 sq km
CAPITAL Accra (city pop. 2.3 million / Greater Accra pop. 3.9 million)
FAMOUS FOR Markets / Kente cloth textiles / Wooden carved stools / Adinkra symbols / Beaches / Forts / Rain forests
COUNTRY CODE 233
BORDERS Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Togo
LANGUAGES English, Asante, Fante, Boron, Dagomba, Dangme, Dagarte, Akyem, Twi, Ga, Ewe
PRESIDENT Nana Akufo-Addo
GOVERNMENT Constitutional presidential republic
PEOPLE Ghana is an ethnically diverse country; thus, Ghanaian culture is a mixture of all its ethnic groups, the Ashanti, Fante, Akyem, Kwahu, Ga, Ewe, Mamprusi and Dagomba amongst others.
RELIGION The religious composition of Ghana post independence just after 1960 was 30% Muslim, 38% traditionalist, 24% Christian and the remaining 8% other. A census in 1985 indicated that Christianity sharply rose to 68% and the Muslim count dropped to 15% as well as a decrease in traditionalists and other.
CLIMATE

Ghana has a tropical equatorial climate, which means that it is hot and humid at a constant 30 celcius year-round with seasonal rains.

Rain Season: Apr - Jun and Sep/Oct 

Dry Season: Nov -  Mar and Jul/Aug

 

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MAJOR INDUSTRIES

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MONEY Cedi (GHS); USD1 = GHS4.4 / EUR1 = GHS5.2
POPULATION 27 million
VISAS Visas are required by most foreign nationals visiting Ghana. Applications are done at the Ghana Embassy or Consulate in your country.