Côte d’Ivoire



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Capital: Yamoussoukro

Government: Unitary Presidential Republic

Current President: Alassane Ouattara


  • Heavily dependent on agriculture and related activities which engage roughly 68% of the population.
  • World’s largest exporter of cocoa beans and a significant producer and exporter of coffee and palm oil.

Population: 23,740,424 (2016)

Land Size: 332,462 sq km (124,503 sq miles)

Major Ethic 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) (1998)

  • Muslim: 38.6%
  • Christian: 32.8%
  • Indigenous: 11.9%
  • None: 16.7%
  • note: the majority of foreigners (migratory workers) are Muslim (70%) and Christian (20%)


  • French (official)
  • Jula
  • Senoufo
  • Baule



  • Wed - Mar 29, 2017: Former First Lady Simone Gbagbo Acquitted of War Crimes - AllAfrica News: Cote d'Ivoire
    [Deutsche Welle] An Ivorian court has cleared former first lady Simone Gbagbo of crimes against humanity and war crimes. The charges stem from post-election violence in 2010 and 2011.
  • Thu - Mar 23, 2017: Infant Separated From Parasitic Twin - AllAfrica News: Cote d'Ivoire
    [VOA] Doctors at a Chicago-area hospital have successfully operated on a baby from Africa born with a parasitic twin and having four legs and two spines.The girl, known only as "Dominique" from Ivory Coast, is recovering well from the delicate and groundbreaking March 8 surgery and is expected to live a normal, fully-functional life.
  • Wed - Mar 22, 2017: Jailing of Gay Ivorian Men Stokes Fears in LGBT Safe Haven - AllAfrica News: Cote d'Ivoire
    [Thomson Reuters Foundation] Abidjan -Ivory Coast does not explicitly criminalise homosexuality, but its public indecency law singles out homosexual acts and relations.
  • Thu - Mar 9, 2017: Ivory Coast Solicits Mauritian Investors to Develop a Biotechnology and ICT Free Zone Project - AllAfrica News: Cote d'Ivoire
    [Government of Mauritius] The Government of Ivory Coast in collaboration with the Village des Technologies de l'Information et de la Biotechnologie (VITIB) has solicited the expertise of Mauritian investors to set up a Biotechnology, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Free Zone in Grand-Bassam based on the model of the Cyber City in Ebène.
  • Fri - Mar 3, 2017: Abidjan-Dakar Highway Construction in Sight - AllAfrica News: Cote d'Ivoire
    [Observer] Phase II of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) experts meeting to construct a six-lane road to connect seven coastal countries in West Africa will end today in Monrovia.