Mali
Republique de Mali

Capital
Bamako

Area
478,764 sq mi
1,240,000 sq km


Population
11,626,219 est 2003

Largest city
Bamako
pop. 935,400


Languages
French (official), Bambara 80%, numerous African languages

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

Religion
Islam 90%, indigenous beliefs 9%, Christian 1%

Life Expectancy
total population: 45.28 years
male: 44.7 years
female: 45.87 years (2004 est.)


Literacy
total population: 46.4%
male: 53.5%
female: 39.6% (2003 est.)


Suffrage
18 years of age; universal

Government
Republic


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