Ghana Overview

GENERAL

Official name of the state

Republic of Ghana.

Capital

Accra.

Geography

As a country located in Africa according to collegesanduniversitiesinusa, Ghana is located in West Africa and borders Burkina Faso in the north, Togo in the east, the Atlantic Ocean in the south and Côte d’Ivoire in the west. A narrow grass plain that widens towards the east extends from the coast inland. The west and south are covered by dense rainforest. In the north there is wooded hill country; dry savannah and forest areas adjoin. The extreme north consists of an average 500 m high plateau. The Akuapim hills in the east run parallel to the border to Togo. The Red and White Volta, coming from Burkina Faso, flow into the Volta Reservoir, the largest artificial lake in the world.

Government

Presidential democracy (in the Commonwealth) since 1993. Constitution of the IV Republic of 1993. Parliament with 275 members; Legislative period: 4 years. The new constitution introduced a multi-party system and universal suffrage. Independent since 1957 (former British colony).

Head of state

Nana Akufo-Addo has been President and Head of Government since January 2017.

Head of government

Nana Akufo-Addo, since January 2017.

Electricity

220 V, 50 Hz. Two and three pole plugs. Adapter necessary.

Time zone

Greenwich Mean Time: CET -1

Ghana Overview

ECONOMY

Business etiquette

Business trips are best placed between September and April. Value is placed on punctuality. Appointments are usually made.

Opening hours

Business hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Economy

Trade Department of the Embassy of the Republic of Ghana
Stavangerstraße 17-19, D-10439 Berlin
Tel: (030) 547 14 90.

Trade Department of the Consulate General of the Republic of Ghana
56 Rue de Moillebeau, CH-1209 Genève
Tel: (022) 919 04 50.

Ghana National chamber of Commerce (chamber of Commerce)
PO box 2325, Accra.
Tel: (21) 66 24 27.
Internet: www.ghanachamber.org

Business contacts

Trade Department of the Embassy of the Republic of Ghana
Stavangerstraße 17-19, D-10439 Berlin
Tel: (030) 547 14 90.

Trade Department of the Consulate General of the Republic of Ghana
56 Rue de Moillebeau, CH-1209 Genève
Tel: (022) 919 04 50.

Ghana National chamber of Commerce (chamber of Commerce)
PO box 2325, Accra.
Tel: (21) 66 24 27.
Internet: www.ghanachamber.org

COMMUNICATION

Phone

The country code is 00233. The modern telephone network of the national main provider Vodafone Ghana enables connections to all localities. Public card phones can be used. Most of the larger hotels have business centers that provide telephones and fax machines. The fixed network is being displaced more and more by mobile communications.

Cellphone

GSM 900. Roaming contracts exist with various providers, among others, with Germany, Austria and Switzerland. MTN is the main provider in Ghana. It is usually worth buying a SIM card on site. Cell phones can be rented in the cities.

Internet

There are internet cafes in Accra, as in most cities. The connection quality to the Internet has improved significantly in recent years.

Post Office

Airmail to Europe takes around two weeks.

Radio

Since the use of shortwave frequencies changes several times over the course of a year, it is advisable to contact Deutsche Welle customer service directly (Tel: (+49) (0228) 429 32 08. Internet: www.dw-world.de) to request.

 

CULTURE

Religion

Christianity (63%), Islam (16%) and natural religions (21%).

Social rules of conduct

Manners: Ghanaians lay i. General Value on formal salutation. You shake hands in greeting. In much of West Africa, it is common not to touch food and other things with your left hand.

Tip: Smaller invoices are usually rounded up; a 5% tip is common in restaurants. Porters in the hotel are given 1-2 cedis.

CLIMATE

Best travel time

Tropical climate. Hot and humid in the Ashanti forest region and the southwestern plains, hot and dry in the north.

The rainy seasons last from April to September in the north and from April to July and from September to November in the south.

The harmattan, a dry, hot desert wind, blows across the country from November to February. Rain showers are short-lived. There are no noticeable seasonal differences on the coast.

The temperatures in Ghana are most pleasant in the rainy season from June to August, but the country can be visited all year round. Animal viewing is best done during the dry season.

COUNTRY DATA

Area code +233 Area (square km) 238 533 Population 26 327 649 Population density (per square km) 110 Population in 2015 Member of the EU No main emergency number 193