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A virtual travel guide to Côte d'Ivoire. This page aims to give you an overview of Cote d'Ivoire's culture, people, environment, geography, history, economy and government.
Beside a country profile with facts and figures, the page contains links to sources which provide you with all the information you need to know about this Western African nation, e.g.: official web sites of Côte d'Ivoire, addresses of Côte d'Ivoire and foreign embassies, country guides with extensive travel and tourism information on accommodation, tourist attractions, events and more like weather information, maps, statistics and local newspapers from Côte d'Ivoire.


Republic of Cote d'Ivoire

Country Profile

Ivory Coast Flag
Flag of Côte d'Ivoire

Close ties to France since independence in 1960, the development of cocoa production for export, and foreign investment made Cote d'Ivoire one of the most prosperous of the West African states, but did not protect it from political turmoil. In December 1999, a military coup - the first ever in Cote d'Ivoire's history - overthrew the government. Junta leader Robert GUEI blatantly rigged elections held in late 2000 and declared himself the winner. Popular protest forced him to step aside and brought Laurent GBAGBO into power. Ivorian dissidents and disaffected members of the military launched a failed coup attempt in September 2002. Rebel forces claimed the northern half of the country, and in January 2003 were granted ministerial positions in a unity government under the auspices of the Linas-Marcoussis Peace Accord. President GBAGBO and rebel forces resumed implementation of the peace accord in December 2003 after a three-month stalemate, but issues that sparked the civil war, such as land reform and grounds for citizenship, remained unresolved. In March 2007 President GBAGBO and former New Force rebel leader Guillaume SORO signed the Ouagadougou Political Agreement. As a result of the agreement, SORO joined GBAGBO's government as Prime Minister and the two agreed to reunite the country by dismantling the zone of confidence separating North from South, integrate rebel forces into the national armed forces, and hold elections. Several thousand French and UN troops remain in Cote d'Ivoire to help the parties implement their commitments and to support the peace process.
(Source: CIA - The World Factbook)

border countries: Burkina Faso, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Mali
where in Africa is Côte d'Ivoire

Official Name:
Republique du Côte d'Ivoire
short form: Côte d'Ivoire
int'l long form: Republic of Cote d'Ivoire
int'l short form: Cote d'Ivoire (or Ivory Coast)

ISO Country Code: ci

Local Time = UTC +0h
Actual Time: Fri-Sept-30  08:18

Country Calling Code: +225

Capital City: Yamoussoukro, Abidjan (the economic capital and de facto political capital)

Other Cities: Bouaké, Daloa, Gagnoa, Korhogo, Man, San Pedro.

Type: Republic.
Independence: 7 August 1960.

Location: Western Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Ghana and Liberia.
Area: 322,500 km² (124 500 sq. mi.)
Terrain: Forested, undulating, hilly in the west.

Climate: Tropical, semiarid in far north.

Nationality: Ivoirian(s).
Population: 21.4 (2009)
Ethnic groups: More than 60; main groups are Akan 40%, Voltaiques (Gur) 18%, Northern Mandes 17%, Krous 11%, Southern Mandes 10%, other 3%.
Religions: Indigenous 10%-20%, Muslim 35%-40%, Christian 25%-35%.
Languages: French (official); five principal language groups, the main ones are Diula (Dioula), Baule (Baoulé), Dan, Anyin and Senari.
Literacy: 50%

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

Agriculture products: main export goods are coffee and cocoa beans,
other products are: bananas, palm kernels, corn, rice, manioc (tapioca), sweet potatoes, sugar, cotton, rubber and timber.

Industries: Foodstuffs, beverages; wood products, oil refining, truck and bus assembly, textiles, fertilizer, building materials, electricity, ship construction and repair.

Exports partners: USA 11.6%, Netherlands 10.2%, France 9.5%, Italy 5.5%, Belgium 4.7%, Germany 4.7% (2004)

Imports partners: France 24.3%, Nigeria 19.2%, UK 4% (2004)

Currency: Communaute Financiere Africaine franc (XOF)

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Official Sites of Côte d'Ivoire

Portail officiel de Gouvernment de Côte d'Ivoire
Official website of the new Government of the Ivory Coast.

Présidence de la République de Côte d'Ivoire
This was the Official site of the president of the Republic of Ivory Coast (closed until further notice;).

Autorité Nationale de Régulation des Marchés Publics (ANRMP)
National Public Procurement Regulatory Authority.

Département des Ivoiriens de l'Étranger
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Côte d'Ivoire (closed for the time being).

Diplomatic Missions
Permanent Mission of Côte d'Ivoire to the UN
Côte d'Ivoire's permanent mission to the United Nations (not very up-to-date).

Ambassade de Côte d'Ivoire
Embassy of Ivory Coast, Ottawa - Canada.

Les Ambassades de Côte d'Ivoire à l'étranger
Embassies of Côte d'Ivoire abroad.
Ambassades étrangères en Côte d'Ivoire
Foreign Embassies in Ivory Coast.


Map of Côte d'Ivoire
Political map of Ivory Coast.
Administrative Map of Côte d'Ivoire
Map of Ivory Coast showing the country's administrative regions.

Google Earth Google Earth Côte d'Ivoire
Searchable map/satellite view of Côte d'Ivoire.
Google Earth Google Earth Yamoussoukro
Searchable map/satellite of Côte d'Ivoire's capital city.
Google Earth Google Earth Abidjan
Searchable map/satellite of Côte d'Ivoire's largest city.

Map of Africa
Political Map of Africa.
Relief Map of Africa

With news from Côte d'Ivoire (in French)
Fraternité Matin
Côte d'Ivoire news (in French)
Le Patriote
More news from Côte d'Ivoire (in French)
Soir Info
Ivory Coast news (in French)

Other Newssources:
Côte d'Ivoire Top News
Reuters AlertNet - Ivory Coast
Washingtonpost News: Ivory Coast
Yahoo! news on Ivory Coast

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Arts & Culture
African Art, African Artists, Artisans, Designers.

Akan Cultural Symbols
Wikipedia article about Adinkra symbolism as a visual representation of social thought relating to the history, philosophy and religious beliefs of the Akan peoples of Ghana and the Gyaman people of Cote' d'lvoire.

Smithsonian National Museum of African Art
The Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives by countries including Ivory Coast.
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Business & Economy

Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO)
Central Bank of Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal, and Togo.

Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie de Côte d'Ivoire
Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Côte d'Ivoire.

Union Économique et Monétaire Ouest Africaine (UEMOA)
West African Economic and Monetary Union (in French), le portail de la Zone Franc CFA
Information about business and investment in the African countries within the monetary system of the Franc Zone - CFA. (in French)

Destination Côte d'Ivoire - Travel and Tour Guides

Discover Ivory Coast:

Côte d'Ivoire Tourisme
Official tourism website of Ivory Coast with information about the country (in French).

Côte d'Ivoire Tourisme Informations
Private site with tourist information about Ivory Coast (in French).


Travel and Tour Consumer Information


There are several universities in Côte d'Ivoire, none of it is online right now (2012).

University of Cocody UCA
The university in situated in Cocody, a suburb of Abidjan. It is one of the elite universities in the country.

Université des Sciences et Technologies de Côte d'Ivoire (UST-CI)
University of Science and Technology of Ivory Coast.

Université Catholique de l'Afrique de l'Ouest
Catholic University of West Africa is situated in Abidjan.

Environment & Nature

From rich to poor: Ivory Coast tragedy highlights hazardous waste trade on rise
International Herald Tribune article about waste trade to Ivory Coast.
Toxic waste adds to Ivory Coast's woes
BBC article about the toxic waste scandal in Ivory Coast.



History of Cote d'Ivoire
Overview about Ivoirian history (in French)
History of Côte d'Ivoire
Wikipedia entry about History of Côte d'Ivoire.


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