Côte d'Ivoire

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how to say: /ˌkoʊt dɪˈvwɑr/

Republic of Côte d'Ivoire
République de Côte-d'Ivoire
Flag 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
6°51′N 5°18′W / 6.85°N 5.3°W / 6.85; -5.3
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
 -  President Alassane Ouattara
 -  Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly
 -  from France 7 August 1960 
 -  Total 322,460 km2 (69th)
124,502 sq mi
 -  Water (%) 1.4
 -  2009 estimate 20,617,068 (56th)
 -  1998 census 15,366,672
 -  Density 63.9/km2 (139th)
165.6/sq mi
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
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
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

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