Côte d'Ivoire

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/ˌkoʊt dɪˈvwɑr/ (About this soundlisten)

Republic of Côte d'Ivoire

République de Côte-d'Ivoire
Coat of arms
Motto: [Union – Discipline – Travail] error: {{lang}}: text has italic markup (help)
(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
Largest cityAbidjan
Official languagesFrench
Vernacular languagesDioula, Baoulé, Dan, Anyin and Cebaara Senufo among others
Ethnic groups
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)
GovernmentPresidential republic
• President
Alassane Ouattara
Amadou Gon Coulibaly
• from France
7 August 1960
• Total
322,460 km2 (124,500 sq mi) (69th)
• Water (%)
• 2009 estimate
20,617,068 (56th)
• 1998 census
• Density
63.9/km2 (165.5/sq mi) (139th)
GDP (PPP)2010 estimate
• Total
$37.020 billion[1]
• Per capita
GDP (nominal)2010 estimate
• Total
$22.823 billion[1]
• Per capita
Gini (2002)44.6
HDI (2007)Increase 0.484[2]
low · 163rd
CurrencyWest African CFA franc (XOF)
Time zoneUTC+0 (GMT)
• Summer (DST)
UTC+0 (not observed)
Driving sideright
Calling code225
ISO 3166 codeCI
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.