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Côte d'Ivoire
Ivory Coast map 001
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Capital

Yammoussoukro

Language(s)

French (official) and African languages (Dioula esp.)

Ethnic Groups

Akan 42.1%, Voltaiques (Gur) 17.6%, Northern Mandes 16.5%, Krous 11%, Southern Mandes 10%, other 2.8% (includes 130,000 Lebanese and 14,000 French) (1998)

Currency

CFA Franc

National flag
Flag of Ivory Coast
Maske Cote d'Ivoire

A mask used in Côte d'Ivoire

Côte d'Ivoire (official name: the République de Côte d'Ivoire) is a country located in the western part of Africa. Translated into English, Côte d'Ivoire means the Ivory Coast, a name by which the country is better known in the English speaking world. It shares its borders with Liberia, Guinea, Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana and the Gulf of Guinea to the south. Once the Ivory Coast was one of the most prosperous regions of Africa, but presently its position has been undermined due to political turmoil and conflicts.

Nothing is definitely known about the ancient history of Côte d'Ivoire until the arrival of the Portuguese in 1460s. Most of the population came to settle in the area from the neighbouring regions: Kru people came from Liberia around 1600; the Senoufo and Lobi people moved from Burkina Faso and Mali during the 18th-19th centuries; the Akan people moved from Ghana; and the Malinké people from Guinea.


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