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Abidjan
City and autonomous district
Autonomous District of Abidjan
District Autonome d'Abidjan  (French)
Abidjan skyline
Abidjan skyline
Flag of Abidjan
Flag
Official seal of Abidjan
Seal
Motto(s): 
"District d'Abidjan, acteur de développement"
Country  Côte d'Ivoire
District Abidjan
Department Abidjan
Area
 • City and autonomous district 2,119 km2 (818 sq mi)
 • Urban
422 km2 (163 sq mi)
Elevation
18 m (59 ft)
Population
 (2014 census)
 • City and autonomous district 4,707,404 (district); 4,395,243 (city)
Demonym(s) Abidjanais
Time zone UTC+0 (GMT)
Area code(s) +225
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Abidjan

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

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.

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