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Country (long form) Republic of Cote d'Ivoire
Capital Yamoussoukro
note: although Yamoussoukro has been the capital since 1983, Abidjan remains the administrative center; the US, like other countries, maintains its Embassy in Abidjan
Total Area 124,502.50 sq mi
322,460.00 sq km
(slightly larger than New Mexico)
Population 16,393,221 (July 2001 est.)
note: estimates for this country explicitly take into account the effects of excess mortality due to AIDS; this can result in lower life expectancy, higher infant mortality and death rates, lower population and growth rates, and changes in the distribution of population by age and sex than would otherwise be expected
Estimated Population in 2050 35,707,824
Languages French (official), 60 native dialects with Dioula the most widely spoken
Literacy 48.5% total, 57.0% male, 40.0% female
Religions Christian 34%, Muslim 27%, no religion 21%, animist 15%, other 3% (1998)
note: the majority of foreigners (migratory workers) are Muslim (70%) and Christian (20%)
Life Expectancy 43.58 male, 46.33 female (2001est.)
Government Type republic
Currency 1 Communaute Financiere Africaine franc (CFAF) = 100 centimes
GDP (per capita) $1,600 (2000 est.)
Industry foodstuffs, beverages; wood products, oil refining, truck and bus assembly, textiles, fertilizer, building materials, electricity
Agriculture coffee, cocoa beans, bananas, palm kernels, corn, rice, manioc (tapioca), sweet potatoes, sugar, cotton, rubber; timber
Arable Land 8%
Natural Resources petroleum, natural gas, diamonds, manganese, iron ore, cobalt, bauxite, copper, hydropower
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History of Cote D'Ivoire

The dense rain forests of Côte d'Ivoire inhibited for centuries the development of large political states, and through much of its history the area was divided into small chiefdoms.