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Republic of Côte d'Ivoire

République de Côte d'Ivoire

Origin of Name originally known as the Ivory Coast, a reference to the country's historic importance in the trade of ivory

Location west Africa
Bordered By
Liberia, Guinea, Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana

location

Area 124,504 sq mi (322,463 sq km)
Greatest Distance E-W 411 mi (661 km)
Greatest Distance N-S 420 mi (676 km)
Highest Point
Monts Nimba; 5,748 ft (1,752 m)
Lowest Point sea level
Natural Resources
petroleum, natural gas, diamonds, manganese, iron ore, cobalt, bauxite, copper, gold, nickel, tantalum, silica sand, clay, hydropower

map of Cote d'Ivoire

Nationality Ivoirian
Population (June 2014 est)
22,848,945
Largest Cities Abidjan, Abobo, Bouaké
Ethnic Groups
Akan, Voltaiques (Gur), Northern Mandes, Krous, Southern Mandes
Religions
Muslim, Christian, indigenous
Languages French (official), tribal

Capital Yamoussoukro
Form of Government republic
Present Constitution Adopted July 23, 2000
Chief of State
President Alassane Dramane Ouattara (since December 4, 2010)
Head of Government
Prime Minister Daniel Kablan Duncan (since November 21, 2012)
Cabinet
Council of Ministers
Legislature
unicameral National Assembly (Assemblee Nationale)
Judiciary
Supreme Court (Cour Supreme)
Local Administration
12 districts, 2 autonomous districts

Currency Cooperation Financiere en Afrique Centrale Franc (XAF)
Per Capita Income
$1,800
Industries
foodstuffs, beverages; wood products, oil refining, gold mining, truck and bus assembly, textiles, fertilizer, building materials, electricity
Agriculture
coffee, cocoa beans, bananas, palm kernels, corn, rice, cassava (manioc, tapioca), sweet potatoes, sugar, cotton, rubber; timber
Export Commodities
cocoa, coffee, timber, petroleum, cotton, bananas, pineapples, palm oil, fish
Import Commodities
fuel, capital equipment, foodstuffs

Independence From France Achieved August 7, 1960
National Holiday Independence Day, August 7
Flag
orange symbolizes the land (savannah) of the north and fertility, white stands for peace and unity, green represents the forests of the south and the hope for a bright future

flag

SEE ALSO
Liberia
Guinea
Mali
Burkina Faso
Ghana
France

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