General Information, Facts and Statistics

General Information

The BBC Country Profiles include links to relevant BBC coverage, newspapers, radio stations, TV channels and an online country timeline. Update information provided.

The U.S. Department of State offers a detailed country profile on Ghana. This site focuses on implications for US/US policy.

Länderinformationsportal (LIPortal)German webpage on Ghana, provides information on Ghana’s economy, politics, culture and society, many useful links; aimed at people who are planning to work in the field of development aid in Ghana

Country studies by Library of Congress (LOC). Very detailed account on Ghana's history, economy, government and politics as well as national security.

Portals to the World is a service by the Library of Congress (LOC). The site provides a collection of annotated website links for every nation as selected by LOC experts. Links are to both government sites as well as outside servers.


Official websites on Ghana

Das Auswärtige Amt bietet Länderinformationen über Ghana, gibt Reise- und Sicherheitshinweise sowie informiert über die Wirtschaftslage und Wirtschaftsstruktur des Landes.

The official homepage of Ghana's government. is a government-owned website with news on politics, business, lifestyle and history

Deutsche Botschaft in Accra.


Facts and Statistics

The Country Indicator for Foreign Policy (CIFP) project represents an on-going effort to identify and assemble statistical information conveying the key features of the political, economic, social and cultural environments of countries around the world. Maintained by Carleton University (Canada).

The International Data Base (IDB) contains statistical tables of demographic and socio-economic data for 227 countries and areas of the world. Output is displayed in charts and graphs, but can also be modified individually for use in spreadsheets etc. Maintained by the US Census Bureau.

The CIA World Factbook is a reliable, much-quoted resource on basic country statistics. Update information provided.

Ghana Poverty Reduction Strategy (GPRS) 2003-2005 and 2006-2009.

Geography and Maps


Geographical map of today's Ghana.

The Perry Castañeda Library Map Collection offers a comprehensive collection of maps in various formats (political, historical, relief, etc.). Maintained by the University of Texas (Austin).

Embassy World provides a collection of maps of various countries including Ghana.

The Maps of World site provides both maps of Ghana and basic information on the country.


Geography, Climate, Geology

La Verle Berry, ed. Ghana: A Country Study. Washington: GPO for the Library of Congress, 1994. Includes information on Ghana's GeographyGeographical Regions,  The Low Plains,  Ashanti Uplands,  Akwapim-Togo Ranges,  Volta Basin,  The High Plains,  Rivers and Lakes and  Climate.

News and Media



The Ghanaian Chronicle - private daily


Daily Graphic - state-owned


Daily Guide - private


Ghanaian Times - state-owned daily


The Mail - private, bi-weekly


The Mirror - weekly, sister paper of the Daily Graphic


The Independent - weekly


Ghana Palaver - weekly


Sunday Herald - weekly



News Agency/ Internet

Ghana News Agency - state-run - news site

Online news by vibeGhana (independent newspaper)

Ghana review: “Ghana Review International (GRi) is published by Micromedia Consultants Ltd. T/A MCL - a wholly Ghanaian owned news agency. GRi is an independent publication and is non-aligned to any political party or interest group, within or outside of Ghana. It is a reliable source of information for Ghanaians and non-Ghanaians alike. This magazine will be of interest to any person with an interest in Ghana, Ghanaians and Africans, wherever in the world they live. This website is the on-line arm of the publication. It contains news and reviews on Ghana and the international communities.”

Panapress is an international news and information service providing high-quality news coverage of the African continent.



Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) - state-run, operates Radio 1 with programmes in English and Ghanaian vernaculars, commercial service Radio 2 and local services including Accra's Unique FM

Adom FM - private

Peace FM - private

Joy FM - private

Luv FM - private

Choice FM - private

Vibe FM - private

Space FM - private

Gold FM - private

Happy FM - private



Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) - state-run, operates Ghana TV (GTV)

Metro TV - jointly owned by government and private company

TV3 - private

Viasat1 - private

MultiChoice - pay TV

Politics, Society and Culture

Political and Legal Situation

Webpage of the Parliament of Ghana: constitution explained, bills and acts, press releases, members of parliament introduce.

The Guide to Law Online by the U.S. Law Library of Congress is an annotated compendium of online sources for legal information including selected links to primary documents, legal commentary, and general government information about specific jurisdictions and topics. offers an index of political sites available on the Internet, sorted by country, with links to Parties, Organizations, Governments, Media.

Wikipedia has an extensive list of political parties in Ghana.

Weg?:Official webpage of the African Unity (AU) Summit in Accra, Ghana 2007

Wohin damit?: Article on Nkrumah’s role in the creation of the African Union (AU): “Dr. Kwame Nkrumah: The Towering Genius Of The African Union”


Human Rights Situation

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch offer frequent reports on human rights issues in each country.

The Country Reports on Human Rights Practices offers a detailed overview of the human rights situation in each country. Submitted annually to Congress by the US Department of State.

Paper on „The role of the commission on human rights and administrative justice (chraj) in Promoting public service accountability under Ghana’s fourth republic“ by Sam K. Asibuo



Ghana Police - official webpage a repository of all districts in the republic of Ghana (divided in the 10 administrative regions of Ahanti, Brong Ahafo, Central, Eastern, Greater Accra, Northern, Upper East, Upper West, Volta, Western), detailed information on all districts


Culture offers country information, projects, culture and visitor information



General information on the NEPAD School Feeding Program by the WFP.



Timeline of Ghana's history.

The BBC Country Profiles include an online timeline of each country.

History of Nations is based on information from the US Department of State and highlights each nation's history.

Wikipedia's History of Ghana.

Internet African History Sourcebookpresents historical sources on the history of human societies in the continent of Africa. This page is a subset of texts derived from three major online Sourcebooks.


Colonial Period

Empire Online is an exciting collection of original documents relating to Empire Studies, sourced from libraries and archives around the world. Each Section features thematic essays by leading scholars in the field of Empire Studies. (Access only via university network or vpn client)

The Making of the Modern World: full text database providing access to a myriad of historical documents, mostly related to economic and colonial history. (Access only via university network or vpn client)



An excerpt from: All-African People's Conference: Resolution on Imperialism and Colonialism, Accra, December 5-13, 1958.

An excerpt from Kwame Nkrumah: I Speak of Freedom: A Statement of African Ideology (1961).

Government page on Ghana’s jubilee celebrations -50 years of independence, provides a lot of useful information on history, media, business and touris.

The BBC World Service offers a section on "Independence", on "Post Independence" and an "Independence Timeline". It also includes a section called "From Gold Coast to Ghana" and  provides radio programs from the series "The Story of Africa".


Slavery and Slave Trade

‘The Atlantic Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Americas: A Visual Record‘ is a collection of 1,000 images depicting Atlantic slavery. Images cover a broad geographic range, with the majority from West and West Central Africa, the English and French Caribbean, Brazil, and the United States. Engravings, paintings, portraits, photographs and punishment devices. Search engine provided.

The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database has information on almost 35,000 slaving voyages that forcibly embarked over 10 million Africans for transport to the Americas between the 16th and 19th centuries.

Chronology on the History of Slavery. This timeline on Slavery and in part the History of Racism, has been used to guide the direction of independent research into the history of enslaved Americans of African descent. Compiled from Archive, library and Internet source documentation, by Eddie Becke1999.

The web site Slavery, Abolition, and Emancipation is concerned with the history and literature of slavery and abolition, and with black writers in eighteenth-century Britain. On these pages you will find extensive information, including history, literature, biography, bibliography, links, maps, and images. These pages are being constantly improved and updated. The site was created and is maintained by Brycchan Carey.

Africa Focus brings together, in digital form, two categories of primary and secondary resources: research and teaching materials collected by University of Wisconsin faculty and staff; and unique or valuable items related to the field of African Studies. This collection contains more than 3000 slides, 500 photographs, 50 hours of sounds from forty-five different countries, as well as a large number of difficult to find texts, including the topic slavery and slave trade.

The BBC World Service offers a section on "The Atlantic Slave Trade"and a "Slavery Timeline" and provides radio programs from the series "The Story of Africa".



Profiles of Ghana’s universities

Institute of Local Government Studies (ILGS): “ILGS started in 1999 as a project of the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development with support from the World Bank and the Royal Netherlands Government. The institute exists to initiate, coordinate and provide demand driven local governance studies, education, training and research as a local governance "Center of Excellence".”

University of Ghana

University of Mines and Technology

Valley View University (private university by the Seventh-day Adventist Church)

Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

British Council Ghana (learning opportunities, professional developments, arts & culture, projects)

Religions, Languages and Art


The Africa Guide provides an overview of Ghanaian peoples, culture, art and religions



The purpose of the Ethnologueis to provide a comprehensive listing of the known living languages of the world: Languages of Ghanaand Language Map.



A short essay on traditional religion in Ghana



A short annotated reading list on Modern Ghanaian Art, compiled by Janet L. Stanley, National Museum of African Art Library

Foundation for Contemporary Art Ghana

The Ananse village organizes cultural projects in the small village Ananse; drumming and dancing workshops

Ghana is a multi-media content service provider and the largest electronic source of information on the Ghanaian music scene

Kunsum Gboo – pan-African dance ensemble based in Accra performing traditional African dance and music