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Republic of Côte d'Ivoire

Cote-d'Ivore location

Official language – French
Capital (political and administrative) – Yamoussoukro
Capital (economic) – Abidjan (largest сity, population - about 5 mln, 2017)

National holiday – Independence Day, 7 August (1960) (from France)
Government type – Presidential Republic

Area – 322,460 sq km
Administrative division – Côte d'Ivoire is divided into 19 regions (régions): Agnéby, Bafing, Bas-Sassandra, Denguélé, Dix-Huit Montagnes, Fromager, Haut-Sassandra, Lacs, Lagunes, Marahoué, Moyen-Cavally, Moyen-Comoé, N’zi-Comoé, Savanes, Sud-Bandama, Sud-Comoé, Vallée du Bandama, Worodougou, Zanzan. The regions are further divided into 81 departments.

Border countries: Liberia and Guinea (in the west), Mali and Burkina Faso (in the north), Ghana (in the east), and the Gulf of Guinea (Atlantic Ocean) in the southôte_d'Ivoire#Geography

Natural resources: petroleum, natural gas, diamonds, manganese, iron ore, cobalt, bauxite, copper, gold, nickel, tantalum, silica sand, clay, cocoa beans, coffee, palm oil, hydropower

Population – 26,4 mln (2020, UNCTAD)
77% of the population are considered Ivoirians. They represent several different peoples and language groups. An estimated 65 languages are spoken in the country. One of the most common is Dyula, which acts as a trade language as well as a language commonly spoken by the Muslim population. French, the official language, is taught in schools and serves as a lingua franca in the country.

The native born population is roughly split into three groups of Muslim, Christian (primarily Roman Catholic) and animist. Since Côte d'Ivoire has established itself as one of the most successful West African nations, about 20% of the population (about 3.4 million) consists of workers from neighbouring Liberia, Burkina Faso and Guinea. Over two thirds of these migrant workers are Muslim. 4% of the population is of non-African ancestry. Many are French, Lebanese, Vietnamese and Spanish citizens, as well as Protestant missionaries from the United States and Canada. In November 2004, around 10,000 French and other foreign nationals evacuated Côte d'Ivoire due to attacks from pro-government youth militias. Aside from French nationals, there are native-born descendants of French settlers who arrived during the country's colonial period.ôte_d'Ivoire#Demographics

Ethnic 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 (almost all Sunni Muslims) – 38.6%, Christian (mostly Roman Catholic) – 32.8%, indigenous – 11.9%, none – 16.7% (2008 est.), note: the majority of foreigners (migratory workers) are Muslim (70%) and Christian (20%)

Côte d'Ivoire's capital, Yamoussoukro, is also home to the largest “church” in the world, Roman Catholic basilica – the Basilica of Our Lady of Peace of Yamoussoukro (French: Basilique de Notre Dame de la Paix de Yamoussoukro)ôte_d'Ivoire#Demographics

Calling code: 225