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Accra Coordinates: 5°33'00?N 0°12'00?W? / ?5.55°N 0.2°W? / 5.55; -0.2 Country Ghana District of Ghana Accra Metropolis District Government ...

Accra
Coordinates: 5°33′00″N 0°12′00″W / 5.55°N 0.2°W / 5.55; -0.2
Country Ghana
District of Ghana Accra Metropolis District
Government
– Chief Executive Stanley N. A. Blankson
Area
– City 185 km2 (71.4 sq mi)
Elevation 61 m (200 ft)
Population (2000)
– City 1,658,937
– Density 8,967.2/km2 (23,224.9/sq mi)
– Metro 2,905,726
Time zone GMT
– Summer (DST) Not used (UTC)

Accra (English pronunciation: /ˈækrə/ or /əˈkrɑː/) is the capital and most populous city of Ghana, a nation on the coast of the western region of Africa. The city also doubles as the capital of the Greater Accra Region, and of the Accra Metropolis District with which it is coterminous.[1] It is the administrative, communications, and economic centre of the country. Over 70% of Ghana’s manufacturing capacity is located within this region district.[2] Accra has been Ghana’s capital since 1877, and contains public buildings reflecting its transition from a 19th century suburb of Victoriasborg to the modern metropolis it is today.

Among the attractions of Accra are the National Museum, with a display of exhibits that reflect the heritage of Ghana from prehistoric times to modern times, the National Theatre with its distinct modern architecture, the National Arts Center with local arts and crafts to suit all tastes, Independence Square, the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum, the Accra International Conference Centre, the Anglican Holy Trinity Cathedral, the fishing port at Jamestown and Makola Market.

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