Capital: Bamako

Population: 16,466,059 (estimated in 2015)

Currency: West African CFA Franc (XOF)

Official Language: French

Unofficial Languages: 13 national languages; Bambara, Bobo, Peul or Foulfoulbe, Dogon, Sonrhai or Djerma, Maraka or Soninke, Tamacheq, Malinke, Minianka, Senoufo, and others

Main Religion: Islam

Ethnic Groups: Bambara, Sarakole, Fulani or Peul, Dogon, Senufo, Malinke, Bobo, Tuareg, Songhai, others

Largest Cities: Bamako, Sikasso, Mopti

Main Sport: Football

Political System: Republic

National Holidays (2016):

New Year’s Day (January 1)

Armed Forces Day (January 20) 

Martyrs’ Day (March 26)

Easter Monday (March 28)

Labour Day (May 1)

Africa Day (May 25)

Korité (End of Ramadan) (July 5)

Tabaski (Feast of the Sacrifice) (September 13)

Independence Day (September 22)

Birth of the Prophet (December 12)

Christmas Day (December 25)