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Ghana

Background

Ghana

Formed from the merger of the British colony of the Gold Coast and the Togoland trust territory, Ghana in 1957 became the first sub-Saharan country in colonial Africa to gain its independence. Ghana endured a long series of coups before Lt. Jerry RAWLINGS took power in 1981 and banned political parties. After approving a new constitution and restoring multiparty politics in 1992, RAWLINGS won presidential elections in 1992 and 1996, but was constitutionally prevented from running for a third term in 2000. John KUFUOR succeeded him and was reelected in 2004. John Atta MILLS took over as head of state in early 2009.

About

Ghana is in West Africa. It borders Côte d'Ivoire to the west, Burkina Faso to the north and Togo to the east.

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GhanaLabadi Beach Hotel 

1 Laby Pass
Accra
Ghana

Price (US$): $446 - $447 / night

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Location. Labadi Beach Hotel is located on the beach in Accra, close to Labadi Beach, U.S. Embassy, and W.E.B. DuBois Center. Other points of interest are Osu Castle and Ghana State House. Hotel Features. Dining options at Labadi Beach Hotel include 3 restaurants. A beach bar, a swim up bar, and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves a complimentary buffet breakfast each morning in the restaurant. Recreational amenities include an outdoor… more »

GhanaThe Villa Monticello 

No.1A Mankata Avenue Link
Airport Residential Area
Accra
Ghana

Price (US$): $342 - $800 / night

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Location. The Villa Monticello is located in Accra, close to Accra Mall, W.E.B. DuBois Center, and U.S. Embassy. Nearby points of interest also include University of Ghana and A and C Mall. Hotel Features. The Villa Monticello features a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool and a fitness facility. Guest parking is complimentary. Additional property amenities include complimentary newspapers in the lobby,… more »

GhanaMovenpick Ambassador Hotel Accra 

Independence Avenue
Ridge PMB CT 343, Cantonments
Accra
Ghana

Price (US$): $318 - $398 / night

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Location. Located in central Accra, Movenpick Ambassador Hotel Accra is near the airport and close to National Theatre of Ghana, Accra International Conference Centre, and Ghana State House. Nearby points of interest also include Makola Market and National Museum of Ghana. Hotel Features. Dining options at Movenpick Ambassador Hotel Accra include a coffee shop/café and a snack bar/deli. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day.… more »

GhanaThe African Regent Hotel 

237-238 Airport West
Cantonments
Accra
Ghana

Price (US$): $286 - $608 / night

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Location. Located in Accra, The African Regent Hotel is near the airport and close to Accra Mall, U.S. Embassy, and A and C Mall. Additional points of interest include University of Ghana and W.E.B. DuBois Center. Hotel Features. The African Regent Hotel's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a children's pool, and a fitness facility. The… more »

GhanaCharleston Hotel 

# 17 Westloop, Tesano
Accra
Ghana

Price (US$): $147 - $652 / night

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Location. Charleston Hotel is located in Accra and local attractions include National Museum of Ghana, National Theatre of Ghana, and Accra Mall. Additional area points of interest include Makola Market and Ghana State House. No onsite parking is available.  more »

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Ghana

Full name
Republic of Ghana
Capital
Accra
Location

Western Africa, bordering the Gulf of Guinea, between Cote d'Ivoire and Togo

Geographic coordinates

8 00 N, 2 00 W

Area comparative

slightly smaller than Oregon

Border countries

Burkina Faso 549 km, Cote d'Ivoire 668 km, Togo 877 km

Coastline

539 km

Climate

tropical; warm and comparatively dry along southeast coast; hot and humid in southwest; hot and dry in north

Terrain

mostly low plains with dissected plateau in south-central area

Lowest point

Atlantic Ocean 0 m

Highest point

Mount Afadjato 885 m

Natural resources

gold, timber, industrial diamonds, bauxite, manganese, fish, rubber, hydropower, petroleum, silver, salt, limestone

Population

24,339,838

Ethnic groups

Akan 45.3%, Mole-Dagbon 15.2%, Ewe 11.7%, Ga-Dangme 7.3%, Guan 4%, Gurma 3.6%, Grusi 2.6%, Mande-Busanga 1%, other tribes 1.4%, other 7.8% (2000 census)

Religions

Christian 68.8% (Pentecostal/Charismatic 24.1%, Protestant 18.6%, Catholic 15.1%, other 11%), Muslim 15.9%, traditional 8.5%, other 0.7%, none 6.1% (2000 census)

Languages

Asante 14.8%, Ewe 12.7%, Fante 9.9%, Boron (Brong) 4.6%, Dagomba 4.3%, Dangme 4.3%, Dagarte (Dagaba) 3.7%, Akyem 3.4%, Ga 3.4%, Akuapem 2.9%, other 36.1% (includes English (official)) (2000 census)

Government type

constitutional democracy

Independence

6 March 1957 (from the UK)

National holiday

Independence Day, 6 March (1957)

Chief of state

President John Evans Atta MILLS (since 7 January 2009); Vice President John Dramani MAHAMA (since 7 January 2009); note - the president is both the chief of state and head of government

Head of government

President John Evans Atta MILLS (since 7 January 2009); Vice President John Dramani MAHAMA (since 7 January 2009)

Internet country code

.gh

Internet users

1.297 million (2009)

Airports

11 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Takoradi, Tema

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