|Republic of Côte d'Ivoire
République de Côte-d'Ivoire
|Motto: Union – Discipline – Travail
(French: Unity – Discipline – Labour)
"Song of Abidjan"
Location of Ivory Coast within the African Union
|Vernacular languages||Dioula, Baoulé, Dan, Anyin and Cebaara Senufo among others|
|Ethnic groups (1998)||Akan 42.1%
Voltaiques or Gur 17.6%
Northern Mandes 16.5%
Southern Mandes 10%
(includes 130,000 Lebanese
and 14,000 French)
|-||Prime Minister||Jeannot Ahoussou-Kouadio|
|-||from France||7 August 1960|
|-||Total||322,460 km2 (69th)
124,502 sq mi
|-||2009 estimate||20,617,068 (56th)|
|GDP (PPP)||2010 estimate|
|GDP (nominal)||2010 estimate|
|Gini (2002)||44.6 (medium)|
|HDI (2007)||0.484 (low) (163rd)|
|Currency||West African CFA franc (
|Time zone||GMT (UTC+0)|
|-||Summer (DST)||not observed (UTC+0)|
|Drives on the||right|
|a Estimates for this country take into account the effects of excess mortality due to AIDS; this can result in lower population than would otherwise be expected.|
The Republic of Côte d'Ivoire (how to say: /ˌkoʊt dɪˈvwɑr/; French: [kot diˈvwaʁ]), commonly known in English as Ivory Coast, is a country in West Africa. People who live there speak French. Some also speak Abé. The country used to be called the Ivory Coast. Some people in the USA still call it this, but it is not the official name.
From the 1960s to the mid-1980s, Cote d'Ivoire was managed well by the government. There was one president for this time. The economic growth and development of the country were among the best in the world.
After the mid-1980s the country became hard to live in. The cost of coffee and cocoa went down so people could not make as much money. The first president died, and a civil war took place. Today it relies on smaller crops.
The Ivory Coast is shaped like a square. It borders the Gulf of Guinea to the south and five other African nations. Liberia is to the southwest, Guinea to the northwest, Mali to the north-northwest, Burkina Faso to the north-northeast, and Ghana to the east.
Ivory Coast is divided into nineteen regions. The regions are further divided into 81 departments.
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- "Human Development Report 2009. Human development index trends: Table G" (PDF). The United Nations. http://hdr.undp.org/en/media/HDR_2009_EN_Complete.pdf. Retrieved 17 October 2009.
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