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Republic of Côte d'Ivoire

République de Côte-d'Ivoire
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
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(s) Ivorian/Ivoirian
Government Presidential republic
Alassane Ouattara
Jeannot Ahoussou-Kouadio
• 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
• Per capita
GDP (nominal) 2010 estimate
• Total
$22.823 billion
• Per capita
Gini (2002) 44.6
HDI (2007) Increase 0.484
low · 163rd
Currency West African CFA franc (XOF)
Time zone UTC+0 (GMT)
• Summer (DST)
UTC+0 (not observed)
Driving side 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, commonly known in English as Ivory Coast, is a country in West Africa. People who live there speak French. Some also speak Abé. The country used to be called the Ivory Coast. Some people in the USA still call it this, but it is not the official name.

Coffee, cocoa, bananas, and rubber are all sold from here.

From the 1960s to the mid-1980s, Côte d'Ivoire was managed well by the government. There was one president for this time. The economic growth and development of the country were among the best in the world.

After the mid-1980s the country became hard to live in. The cost of coffee and cocoa went down so people could not make as much money. The first president died, and a civil war took place. Today it relies on smaller crops.

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.


The Ivory Coast is shaped like a square. 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.


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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