Capital: Accra. – Currency: the cedi. – Independence’s day: March 6th. – Time difference: two hours less compared to France in summer, one hour less in winter. – Official language: English. – Main cities: Kumasi, Tamale, Tema, Sekondi-Takoradi, Cape Coast, Koforidua, Sunyani, Ho. – Religion: Christians 43%; animists 38%; Muslims 11%; other 8%. – Number of inhabitants: 23.8 million inhabitants GHANA is located in West Africa. It shares borders with Côte d’Ivoire to the west, Burkina Faso to the north and Togo to the east. To the south, the coast of Ghana overlooks the Atlantic Ocean, at the Gulf of Guinea. AREA Ghana covers 238,533 km² CLIMAX Mount Afadjoto, 885 m LENGTH OF THE COASTS Ghana’s coastline extends for 539 km TYPES OF LANDSCAPE GHANA is crossed by the Volta, a 1346 km long river, which has its source in Burkina Faso. Built on this river, the Akosombo dam holds the largest man-made lake in the world, covering an area of 8,500 km². Much of southern GHANA is covered by dense forest. The rest of GHANA is home to landscapes of plains, grasslands and the country has the reputation of being one of the most peaceful and democratic in Africa. This climate of peace has allowed it to accelerate its development in recent years, but it remains a developing country. The country, although very modern, is also much attached to its culture and traditions. The capital Accra is a cosmopolitan city with nearly 30% foreign residents. Today, Ghana is emerging as an educational hub on the continent.
Life in Ghana
Ghana is a developing country. He has built a climate of peace and security that greatly favors his economy. Public services work quite well and telecommunications services are good and affordable. The means of transport are diversified connecting virtually every corner of the country. Road and health infrastructures are fairly well developed compared to French-speaking countries and other African countries. The capital Accra is a big modern city with a good quality of life; the cost of living is very high, however. Accra is one of the most expensive cities in Africa. The cost of housing is particularly high. Please take this into account before coming. Overall, the country is rather nice and it is good to live! For all those who want to study in Ghana here’s how to proceed, for the people of West Africa you do not need a visa to enter. You come when you are ready but note that the studies in Ghana are done in English so 9 months of compulsory language, and right after you can enroll in the university and also there are no pre-registrations for universities except for a language school. For people outside West Africa you must have a visa to return to Ghana and for this you need a pre-registration of SEWA INSTITUTE for language.