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Côte d'Ivoire is a West African country with beach resorts, rainforests and a French-colonial legacy. Abidjan, on the Atlantic coast, is the country’s major urban center. Its modern landmarks include zigguratlike, concrete La Pyramide and St. Paul's Cathedral, a swooping structure tethered to a massive cross. North of the central business district, Banco National Park is a rainforest preserve with hiking trails.

Languages: French (official), 60 native dialects of which Dioula is the most widely spoken

Ethnic Groups: Akan 42.1%, Baoulé 20%, Voltaiques 17.6%, Northern Mandes 16.5%, Krou 11%, Southern Mandes 10%

Belief Systems: Islam 30%, Christianity 51%, Indigenous religions 3.6%, other religions 0.5%, irreligious 19.1%

Demographics:

Population: 21.5 million people (World Rank: 56th) (2014 estimate)
Population Density: 175 people/mi^2 (People per Square Mile) (World Rank: 144th) (2014 estimate)
Population Growth: 2.25 %/yr (World Rank: 45th) (2013 estimate)
Life Expectancy: 55.5 years (World Rank: 211th) (2009 estimate)
Median Age: 18.8 years (World Rank: 162nd) (2010 estimate)

Sites for More Information:

Map of Côte d'Ivoire
Worldatlas.com

Cote d'Ivoire
World Factbook

Current News About Côte d'Ivoire
AllAfrica.com

Côte d'Ivoire - Facts and Information 1
U.S. Library of Congress

Côte d'Ivoire - Facts and Information 2
Encyclopedia.com

Traveling to Côte d'Ivoire
Africaguide.com

Côte d'Ivoire Embassy
in Washington D.C.

Côte d'Ivoire Government Web Sites
by Gunnar Anzinger.


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