NAM COUNTRY: COTE D'IVOIRE

COTE D IVORIE


Quick Facts

Official Name

Republic of Cote d Ivorie

Location

A sub-Saharan nation on the West Coast of Africa. Borders the Gulf of Guinea in the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the south and five nations namely Liberia, Guinea, Mali, Burkino Faso and Ghana.

Capital
Yamoussoukro
Population

18,013,409 (2007 estimate)

Ethnicity

Akan 42.1%, Voltaiques or Gur 17.6%, Northern Mandes 16.5%, Krous 11%, Southern Mandes 10%, other 2.8% (includes 130,000 Lebanese and 14,000 French)

Religion

Muslim 35-40%, indigenous 25-40%, Christian 20-30% (2001)
note: the majority of foreigners (migratory workers) are Muslim (70%) and Christian (20%)

Languages

French (official), Akan, Dioula, Baoule and 60 native dialects

National Holiday

7 August 1960 (from France)

Government

Republic

Head of State

President Laurent Gbagbo (elected in 2000)

Prime Minister
Prime Minister Charles Konan Banny
Legal System

based on French civil law system and customary law; judicial review in the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court; accepts compulsory ICJ jurisdiction, with reservations

Currency
Currency CFA Franc (FCFA) . Euro 1 = FCFA 655.957
GDP
US$15.9 (projected 2005)
Major sectors
Agriculture, Industry and Services. Agricultural products include coffee, cocoa beans, bananas. Industries include foodstuffs, oil refining and wood products
Major Trading Partners
The European Union, US, Nigeria, China