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Countries of the World: Cote d'Ivoire
Resources about Cote d'Ivoire including maps, facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, and economy.

Economy of Cote d'Ivoire GDP (official exchange rate, 2008 est.): $23.5 billion. GDP (purchasing power parity, 2008 est.): $35.8 billion. Annual real growth rate (2008 est.): 2.3%. Natural resources: Petroleum (offshore) discovered in 1977, production began in 1980. According to Ivorian Government figures, exports of crude oil and refined oil products totaled $2.97 billion (f.o.b.) in 2008. Gold mining began in the early 1990s. Agriculture (24% of GDP, 2007): Products--cocoa, coffee, timber, rubber, corn, rice, tropical foods. Industry (25% of GDP, 2007): Types--food processing, textiles. Services (51% of GDP, 2007). Trade (2008): Exports ($10.9 billion f.o.b.)--petroleum, cocoa, coffee, timber, cotton, palm oil, pineapples, bananas, fish. Major markets--Germany, Nigeria, Netherlands, France, U.S. Total imports ($9.1 billion f.o.b.)--fuel, consumer goods, basic foodstuffs (rice, wheat), capital goods. Major suppliers-- Nigeria, France, China.

Geography of Cote d'Ivoire Area: 322,500 sq. km. (124,500 sq. mi.); slightly larger than New Mexico. Cities: Principal city--Abidjan (economic capital, de facto political capital). Capital--Yamoussoukro (official). Other cities--Bouake, Daloa, Gagnoa, Korhogo, Man, San Pedro. Terrain: Forested, undulating, hilly in the west; savannah in the north. Climate: Tropical in the south; arid in the north.

Government of Cote d'Ivoire Type: Republic. Independence: August 7, 1960. Branches: Executive--president (chief of state and head of government). Legislative--unicameral National Assembly. Judicial--Supreme Court (3 chambers: judicial, administrative, auditing); Constitutional Council. Administrative subdivisions: 19 regions, 90 departments, 196 communes. Political parties: Front Populaire Ivoirien (FPI), Parti Democratique de la Cote d'Ivoire (PDCI), Rassemblement des Republicaines (RDR), Union pour la Democratie et pour la Paix en Cote d'Ivoire (UDPCI), numerous other smaller political parties operate in Cote d'Ivoire. Suffrage: Universal at 18.

Map of Cote d'Ivoire This Map of Cote d'Ivoire shows the borders of the country, as well as rivers, and cities including Yamoussoukro the capital of Cote d'Ivoire. (Maps from the U.S. State Department)

Official Name of Cote d'Ivoire The Official Name of Cote d'Ivoire is the Republic of Cote d'Ivoir. (Facts from the U.S. State Department)

People of Cote d'Ivoire Nationality: Noun and adjective--Ivoirian(s). Population (2006 est.): 18,900,000. Annual growth rate: 3.8%, with immigration. Ethnic groups: More than 60. Religions: Indigenous 10%-20%, Muslim 35%-40%, and Christian (Catholic, Protestant, and other denominations) 25%-35%. Languages: French (official); five principal language groups. Education: Years compulsory--school is not compulsory at this time. Attendance--57%. Literacy--51%. Health: Infant mortality rate--111/1,000. Life expectancy--46 years.

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