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



  • Thu - Jun 22, 2017: Why Ex-Combatants Pose a Threat to Stability - AllAfrica News: Cote d'Ivoire
    [The Conversation Africa] Dissatisfied ex-combatants who aren't serving in Côte d'Ivoire's formal military structures pose the biggest long-term threat to the stability of the country. This is particularly true in regions where groups of these men were present during the civil wars.
  • Mon - Jun 19, 2017: Cote d'Ivoire Players Attend Cheick Tiote's Funeral in Abidjan - AllAfrica News: Cote d'Ivoire
    [allAfrica] Former Ivory Coast team-mates of Cheick Tiote - including Kolo Toure, Wilfried Bony and Salomon Kalou - attended his funeral service in Abidjan at the weekend.
  • Fri - Jun 16, 2017: Falling Cocoa Prices Threaten Child Labour Spike in Ghana, Côte d'Ivoire - AllAfrica News: Cote d'Ivoire
    [Thomson Reuters Foundation] Dakar -Reports of child labour on cocoa farms in Ivory Coast emerged in the late 1990s
  • Thu - Jun 15, 2017: UN Tribunal to Rule On Ghana-Cote d'Lvoire Boundary Dispute in September - AllAfrica News: Cote d'Ivoire
    [Ghana Govt.] The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea will give its judgement on the dispute between Ghana and Cote d'lvoire concerning the delimitation of the maritime boundary in the Atlantic Ocean by the end of September this year.
  • Sat - Jun 10, 2017: Macron Meets Côte d'Ivoire's Ouattara, Senegal's Sall - AllAfrica News: Cote d'Ivoire
    [RFI] French President Emmanuel Macron was to meet Côte d'Ivoire's President Alassane Ouattara on Sunday and Senegal's President Macky Sall on Monday, the first African heads of state to visit the Elysée presidential palace since his election last month.