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5+ Mali Facts: Interesting Trivia On Malian Culture, History, Food & More


Searching for Mali facts? If you want to learn about Malian food, culture, people, history, or other fun facts about Mali, this article is for you!

Ready to learn a few fun facts about Mali?

Whether you’re thinking of traveling to Mali or just curious to understand more about this West African country, this article is for you.

hilltop view over Bamako Mali facts
A hilltop view over Bamako, the capital of Mali. Taken by Wikimedia Commons user Guaka. [CC BY-SA 3.0].

Here’s our roundup of the most interesting Mali facts:

1. Mali is Africa’s 8th largest country by area, at 478,841 mi2 (1,240,192 km2) in size. Located in the northwestern portion of the African continent and completely landlocked, Mali has borders with Algeria, Niger, the Ivory Coast, Guinea, Senegal, Mauritania, and Burkina Faso.

2. Bamako is the capital of Mali and its largest city. Between 2006-2020, Bamako was determined to be the fastest-growing city in all of Africa, as well as the 6th fastest-growing city in the world. Currently having about 1.9 million people, it makes up almost 10% of the entire population of Mali, which is around 20.3 million people as of 2020.

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3. Mali is considered to be one of the hottest countries in the world. With most of the country located within the Sahara, it also gets hit with droughts due to very little rainfall. Some places in Mali, such as Kayes, have a year-round average high temperature of more than 111°F (44°C)!

4. The Great Mosque of Djenné is the largest mud-built structure in the world. Located in Djenné, the Great Mosque is one of Africa’s most famous sites and a Sudano-Sahelian architectural marvel. The walls are all made of sun-baked earth bricks (known as ferey).

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5. Mali’s official language is French, having been formerly under French rule. However, Mali also has 13 national languages, which are Bambara, Bomu, Tieyaxo Bozo, Toro So Dogon, Maasina Fulfulde, Arabic, Mamara Senoufo, Kita Maninkakan, Soninke Koyraboro Senni, Syenara Senoufo, Tamasheq, and Xaasongaxango.

6. Mali has 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Of these 4 sites, 3 are cultural, and 1 is both a cultural and natural world heritage site:

  • Old Towns of Djenné (cultural)
  • Timbuktu (cultural)
  • Tomb of Askia (cultural)
  • Cliff of Bandiagara (cultural and natural)

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Well, that’s all our Mali facts for now, and we hope you’ve found this post interesting and informative! Do you have any questions, feedback, or other facts about Mali we should include on our list? Let us know below in the comments, and thanks for reading!

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