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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


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)
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 Amadou Gon Coulibaly (since January 11, 2017)
Council of Ministers
unicameral National Assembly (Assemblee Nationale)
Supreme Court (Cour Supreme)
Local Administration
12 districts, 2 autonomous districts

Currency Cooperation Financiere en Afrique Centrale Franc (XAF)
Per Capita Income
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


See Also

Burkina Faso

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