Côte d'Ivoire

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/ˌkoʊt dɪˈvwɑr/ (About this sound listen)

Republic of Côte d'Ivoire
République de Côte-d'Ivoire
Flag of Ivory Coast
Flag
Coat of arms of Ivory Coast
Coat of arms
Motto: Union – Discipline – Travail
(French: Unity – Discipline – Labour)
Anthem: "L'Abidjanaise"
"Song of Abidjan"
Location of Ivory Coast within the African Union
Location of Ivory Coast within the African Union
Capital Yamoussoukro
Largest city Abidjan
Official languages French
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%
Krous 11%
Southern Mandes 10%
other 2.8%
(includes 130,000 Lebanese
and 14,000 French)
Demonym Ivorian/Ivoirian
Government Presidential republic
Alassane Ouattara
Amadou Gon Coulibaly
Independence
• from France
7 August 1960
Area
• Total
322,460 km2 (124,500 sq mi) (69th)
• Water (%)
1.4
Population
• 2009 estimate
20,617,068 (56th)
• 1998 census
15,366,672
• Density
63.9/km2 (165.5/sq mi) (139th)
GDP (PPP) 2010 estimate
• Total
$37.020 billion[1]
• Per capita
$1,680[1]
GDP (nominal) 2010 estimate
• Total
$22.823 billion[1]
• Per capita
$1,036[1]
Gini (2002) 44.6
medium
HDI (2007) Increase 0.484[2]
low · 163rd
Currency West African CFA franc (XOF)
Time zone GMT (UTC+0)
• Summer (DST)
not observed (UTC+0)
Drives on the right
Calling code 225
ISO 3166 code CI
Internet TLD .ci
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 (; French: [kot diˈvwaʁ]), commonly known in English as Ivory Coast, is a country in West Africa.

The capital of Côte d'Ivoire is Yamoussoukro; its biggest city is Abidjan. Other cities can be found at List of cities in Côte d'Ivoire.

Geography[change | change source]

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.

Regions[change | change source]

Ivory Coast is divided into nineteen regions. The regions are further divided into 81 departments.

  1. Agnéby
  2. Bafing
  3. Bas-Sassandra
  4. Denguélé
  5. Dix-Huit Montagnes
  6. Fromager
  7. Haut-Sassandra
  8. Lacs
  9. Lagunes
  10. Marahoué
  11. Moyen-Cavally
  12. Moyen-Comoé
  13. N'zi-Comoé
  14. Savanes
  15. Sud-Bandama
  16. Sud-Comoé
  17. Vallée du Bandama
  18. Worodougou
  19. Zanzan

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Côte d'Ivoire". International Monetary Fund. Retrieved 21 April 2011. 
  2. "Human Development Report 2009. Human development index trends: Table G" (PDF). The United Nations. Retrieved 17 October 2009.