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Facts about Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)

The Republic of Cote d'Ivoire or Ivory Coast is a country located in west Africa. The country is bordered by Liberia, Guinea, Mali, Burkina Faso and Ghana.

What is the capital of Ivory Coast?
The Republic of Cote d'Ivoire has two official capitals. Yamoussoukro is the political and administrative capital of Ivory Coast while Abidjan serves as the economic capital of the country. Yamoussoukro is a district with an estimated population of 155,803. It is the fourth most populous city in the country.

What is the largest city in Ivory Coast?
Abidjan, the economic capital of Ivory Coast, is the largest city in the country. It covers an area of 981 square miles. Due to high level of industrialization, the city is considered the cultural hub of west Africa. Abidjan has the third-largest French-speaking population in the world.

How big is Ivory Coast?
Ivory Coast covers an area of 124,502 square miles. The country is mostly flat with undulating plains and mountains in the north-west.

What is the population of Ivory Coast?
According to the 2009 census, the estimated population of Ivory Coast is 20,617,068. Life expectancy is around 49 years. Birth rate on average is 4.5 children per woman.

What are the ethnic groups in Ivory Coast?
There are many ethnic groups in the Republic of Ivory Coast. The major ethnic groups in the country include Akan (42.1%), Voltaiques or Gur (17.6%), Northern Mandes (16.5%), Krous (11%), Southern Mandes (10%). The remaining population is constituted by the Lebanese and French.

What are the administrative divisions of Ivory Coast?
The Republc of Cote d'Ivoire is divided into nineteen regions that are further divided into eighty-one departments.

Who are the political leaders of Ivory Coast?
The government of Ivory Coast is a presidential republic.
President - Alassane Ouattara
Prime Minister - Guillaume Soro

What currency is used in Ivory Coast?
The west African CFA franc denoted by the ISO 4217 code XOF is the official currency of the Ivory Coast. The franc is nominally subdivided into 100 centimes. It is also the currency of seven other independent west African states: Benin, Burkina Faso, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo.

What is the official language of Ivory Coast?
French is the official language of Ivory Coast. There are around sixty other native dialects that are widely spoken in the country. Dioula is the most widely spoken dialect.

What is the official religion of Ivory Coast?
Islam is the dominant religion in Ivory Coast with Sunni Muslims being the majority. Christianity is the second-largest religion in the country; Roman Catholicism is the largest denomination. A number of indigenous religions are also practiced in the country.

What is the economy of Ivory Coast like?
Ivory Coast is one of the largest producers and exporters of coffee, cocoa beans, and palm oil. In 2010, the gross domestic product (PPP) was estimated at $37.020 billion, while the per capita stood at $1,680. Agriculture is an important sector in the economy of the country, employing about seventy percent of the population. Fishing and forestry also play an important role. The country exports rice, wheat, plastic materials and resins, agricultural chemicals, telecommunications, and oil and gas equipment; while the major imports include cocoa and cocoa products, rubber, petroleum, and coffee.

When is the national day of Ivory Coast celebrated?
The national day of Ivory Coast is celebrated on August 7. The day is celebrated to mark the country's independence from France on August 7, 1960.

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