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View of Bamako and Bamako Bridge.
Location of Bamako in Mali
Coordinates: 12°39′N 8°0′E / 12.65°N 8°E / 12.65; 8Coordinates: 12°39′N 8°0′E / 12.65°N 8°E / 12.65; 8
Country Mali
Founded 17th century
Population (2006)
 • Total 1,690,471

Bamako is the capital and largest city of Mali. It is on the Niger River, near the rapids that divide the Upper and Middle Niger Valleys, in the southwestern part of the country.