The Republic of Ghana is located in West Africa, bordered by Côte d’Ivoire on the west, Burkina Faso to the north, and Togo on its east. With a population of around 24 million people, Ghana is an ethnically and religiously diverse country, with more than one hundred different ethnic groups who speak 47 different languages and dialects. As a former British colony (and the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to gain its independence) English is Ghana’s official language. Ghana is especially known for its production of textiles, especially kente cloth and wax-prints. Ghana has a rich base of natural resources and its colonial name of “Gold Coast” hints at one of its major sources of wealth, and today is a leading exporter of cocoa.
Other useful references on Ghana:
Wikipedia entry on Ghana
Ghana entry in World Factbook
Ghanaweb – a portal to Ghanaian websites with a broad range of resources
Health Information for Travelers to Ghana – Centers for Disease Control
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