Côte d’Ivoire covers 322,462 sq km (124,502 sq mi) and has a population of 21 million people (2011 estimate). Its capital is Yamoussoukro while its largest city is Abidjan. The country is a semi-presidential republic using French as the official language. In 2010, Côte d’Ivoire had a nominal GDP of $23.6 billion and a per capita nominal GDP of $1,073. The per capita GDP by purchasing power parity is $1,685.
Côte d’Ivoire is on the Coordinated Universal Time (UTC+0). Its official currency is the West African CFA franc (XOF). Traffic drives on the right. Phone IDD code here is +225. The electricity here is 220V/50Hz using European plugs.
Cathédrale Saint-Paul d’Abidjan Plateau, Côte d’Ivoire
Author: Zenman (Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported)
Visitors are discouraged from visiting Côte d’Ivoire due to political volatility in the country. Since gaining independence on 7 August, 1960, the country has lived through a coup d’état and a civil war. The situation in the country continues to be unstable in the immediate future.
Visiting Côte d’Ivoire
The Felix-Houphouët-Boigny International Airport is the main gateway to Côte d’Ivoire with regular flights from Paris and Brussels.
Major Towns in Côte d’Ivoire
- Yamoussoukro – capital
- Abidjan – biggest city
- San Pedro
UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Côte d’Ivoire
- Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve In Danger List
- Taï National Park
- Comoé National Park In Danger List