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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
From Google maps

World Factbook

Current News About Côte d'Ivoire
from allAfrica.com

Côte d'Ivoire - Facts and Information 1
U.S. Library of Congress profile of The Ivory Coast
Quick Citation

Côte d'Ivoire - Facts and Information 2
Columbia Encyclopedia Entry for The Ivory Coast
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Traveling to Côte d'Ivoire
Comprehensive travel information from africaguide.com

Côte d'Ivoire Embassy
in Washington D.C.

Côte d'Ivoire Government Web Sites
Directory of government Web sites and other links by Gunnar Anzinger.


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