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Accra is the capital city of the African country Ghana. The Republic of Ghana is a small country located in Western Africa, bordered by the Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso and Togo, and it lies on the coast of the Gulf of Guinea. Accra is not only the capital city, but also the most populous city in Ghana. Accra is one of the safer cities in Africa and most visitors find that walking around Accra is, in general, hassle free, but it is best to always be on the lookout for pickpockets.

Location - Accra is located on the southern coast of Ghana in Western Africa, on the Gulf of Guinea. Accra is a port city and is the administrative, and economic hub of Ghana.

Population - With Accra being the capital city of Ghana, it is also recognized as the most populous city--with approximately 1.96 million residents according to GeoNames geographical study. Much like the United States, Ghana conducts a countrywide census every 10 years, and in 2000 the count was approximately 1.5 million residents. Accra, Ghana is growing at a steady pace due to its tourist charm and warm, sunny climate.

Language - The official language of Ghana is English, due to its early British colonial roots. There are also 9 other languages that the government of Ghana has sponsored: Akan, Dagaare/Wale, Dangme, Dagbane, Ga, Ewe, Kasem, and Nzema. The 2 dialects of Akan that are most popular are Twi and Fante and are the dialects are widely spoken in Accra, and they are the dialects that are becoming increasingly popular with the locals.

Time Zone - The time zone for Accra is Standard Time Zone, Greenwich Mean Time, or GMT (Identical to the United Kingdom). Ghana does not recognize daylight saving time.

Currency - The Ghanaian Cedi is the unit of currency for the country and is referred to as the GHS. The Cedi is divided into 100 pesewas. Cedi banknotes come in 1,5,10,20,and 50 Cedi form.

Electricity - 240V/50Hz, 230 volts is the most popular type of voltage. Three round pins arranged in a triangle, or two parallel flat pins with ground pin (same as the United Kingdom) are the main types of outlet plugs. If you are traveling with electronic devices that do not operate with 230 volts, you will need a voltage converter (international plug adaptor).

Telephone -  The country code for Ghana is 233, and the international city code for Accra is 21.

Weather - Ghana is a tropical country. Accra is located in the dry zone and maintains an average temperature annually of 72 degrees F to 80 degrees F. The rainy season is from April to June, but the rains are not typically continuous throughout the day.

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