City and autonomous district
|Autonomous District of Abidjan|
District Autonome d'Abidjan (French)
"District d'Abidjan, acteur de développement"
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|• Governor||Robert Beugré Mambé|
|• City and autonomous district||2,119 km2 (818 sq mi)|
|• Urban||422 km2 (163 sq mi)|
|Elevation||18 m (59 ft)|
|• City and autonomous district||4,707,404 (district); 4,395,243 (city)|
|Time zone||UTC+0 (GMT)|
Abidjan is the largest city and former capital of Ivory Coast. It is the commercial and banking center of Ivory Coast as well as the de facto capital. Yamoussoukro is the official capital. The city is in Ébrié Lagoon. It is built on many peninsulas and islands which are connected by bridges. There are an estimated 4 to 5 million people living in the metropolitan area.
History[change | change source]
The city grew after the construction of a new wharf in 1931. It was made the capital of the French colony in 1933. In 1983, Yamoussoukro was made the capital of the country, but most government offices and foreign embassies are still in Abidjan.
References[change | change source]
- "Côte d'Ivoire Cities Longitude & Latitude". sphereinfo.com. Archived from the original on 13 September 2012. Retrieved 18 November 2010.
- "District d'Abidjan ::: Site Officiel". Districtabidjan.org. Archived from the original on 6 May 2013. Retrieved 20 June 2013.
- "GeoHive". Archived from the original on 22 November 2015.