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Mopti Region
Location within Mali
Location within Mali
Country Mali
 • Total79,017 km2 (30,509 sq mi)
 • Total2,037,330
 • Density26/km2 (67/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC±0 (UTC)

Mopti is the fifth administrative region of Mali, covering 79,017 km². Its capital is the city of Mopti.


Mopti Region is bordered by Tombouctou Region to the north, Ségou Region to the southwest, and Burkina Faso to the southeast.

The population is 2,037,330 including Bozos, Songhai, Dogon, Fulas, and Bambara.

The Niger River crosses the region, and is joined by the Bani, its tributary, at the city of Mopti.

The region is separated into several areas: the Niger delta around Mopti, the Bandiagara cliffs and the plain of Bankass along the Burkina Faso frontier. Mount Hombori, the highest point in Mali at 1153 meters, is in the Mopti Region, near the city of the same name.

In terms of its climate, Mopti Region is considered part of the Sahel.

The largest towns of the region are Mopti, Sévaré, Djenné, Bandiagara, Bankass and Youwarou.

Transportation and Economy

An airport at Mopti provides air service for the region, while the Niger River provides transportation to Koulikoro and Ségou to the west and Tombouctou and Gao to the east.

The region is well-irrigated and its agriculture is well-developed, with particularly successful fishing. Mopti serves as an important commercial crossroads between Mali's north, south and bordering nations. Tourism is also well-developed, notably in the cities of Djenné and Mopti (the former of which boasts the Great Mosque of Djenné, the largest mud structure in the world) and in Dogon country.


Though Mopti's location, once a Bozo village named Sanga, had long been inhabited, rapid expansion began under Seku Amadu's Massina Empire around 1820. Expansion continued under the Toucouleur Empire of El Hadj Umar Tall as well as the French colonial administration.


The region is a melting pot, made up of various ethnic groups which live in harmony with one another. Common languages of the area include Bambara, Dogon, Songhai, Bozo and Fula.

Both the city of Djenné and the Bandiagara cliffs have been named World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.

Administrative subdivision

Cercles of Mopti

Mopti is divided into 8 Cercles encompassing 108 communes:

See also


  1. Resultats Provisoires RGPH 2009 (Région de Mopti), République de Mali: Institut National de la Statistique

This article was significantly expanded from the corresponding article from the French Wikipedia, retrieved on July 10, 2005.

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