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About Ghana

On these pages you will find information about Ghana, including country facts, the history of Ghanaian-Danish relations and an overview of Ghana's political and economic situation.

Formerly Gold Coast, Ghana became independent from Britain on March 6, 1957, and was the first black African colony to achieve independence.

The European power struggles in Ghana  between the 15th and 19th centuries started with the Portuguese who built Elmina Castle in 1482 followed by the Dutch, Swedes, Danes, Prussians and the British looking for fortunes in gold and ivory.

This intense commercial rivalry ended with the growth of the tragic trade in slaves - all 42 European castles and fortifications being used as dungeons for the millions who lost their lives or whose descendants compose the African diaspora today. Cape Coast Castle, one of the best preserved, is an official museum of the Slave Trade.


The capital in Ghana is Accra and is located on the Greenwich Meridian, with a population of about 3 million.

Weatherwise Northern Ghana has a rainy season from about April to October. The rest of the year it is hot and dry with temperatures up to 38 C. In southern Ghana the rains last from April to June and again from September to October. Generally temperatures are between 21 C and 32 C.

Travel advice on Ghana can be found on the website of the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Hotels, car rental and tourism highlights can be found through Touring Ghana, the official tourism website to Ghana. Ghanaweb is a website that covers Ghanaian news, sports, and has an extensive tourism section with travel tips and links to hotels.

Kotoka International Airport is situated 12km from Accra city centre. Domestic Airports are located at Kumasi (Ashanti Region), Sunyani (Brong Ahafo Region) Tamale (Northern Region) and Takoradi (Western Region). Hotel shuttle buses and taxis are available.

A valid passport is required by all visitors and visa (except for citizens of ECOWAS states). For visa application to Ghana, please contact the Ghana Embassy in Copenhagen.

If anything goes wrong during your stay in Ghana, the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs has developed some general guidelines for what to do (In Danish): In case of emergency.


Embassy of Denmark
67, Dr. Isert Road
North Ridge
P.O. Box CT 596
Accra - Ghana

Tel.: +233 (0) 30 220 8730

Mobile: +233 (0) 54 011 6703 - Only in the Embassy's opening hours

E-mail: [email protected]