Ivory Coast Guide

Ivory Coast Guide

Country data

Location: West Africa

Time zone: CET – 1 (during summer time CET – 2)

Total area: 322,462 km²

Land area: 318,002 km²

Water area: 4,460 km²

Length of the state border: 3,458 km

Bordering countries:
Burkina Faso: 545 km
Ghana: 720 km
Guinea: 816 km
Liberia: 778 km
Mali: 559 km

Coastline: 515 km

Capital: Yamoussoukro

Regions: 14
Abidjan, Bas-Sassandra, Comoe, Denguele, Goh-Djiboua, Lacs, Lagunes, Montagnes, Sassandra-Marahoue, Savanes, Vallee du Bandama, Woroba, Yamoussoukro, Zanzan

Telephone code: 00 225 (Source: Allcitycodes)

Highest point: Monts Nimba 1,752 m


Population: approx. 22.8 million residents (Countryaah, 2021)

Population growth: 2% per year

Population density (residents per km²): 71

Life expectancy: 57 (male), 59 (female)

Official language: French


  • 39% Muslim
  • 33% Christians
  • 28% other


The tropical rainy climate divides the country into two zones.

While it is constantly hot and humid in the south, it gets drier towards the north. The rainy seasons in the south last from March to July and from September to November.

In the north there is only one rainy season, which lasts from June to September. The average annual temperature is 26 ° C.

Ivory Coast

Currency / finance

Currency unit: CFA franc (XOF)

Classification: 1 Franc = 100 Centimes

ATMs: not available

International credit cards: Very rarely accepted.

Regulations: The import of national and foreign currencies is permitted in unlimited amounts. There is an obligation to declare.

Foreign currencies can be exported up to the declared amount (max. 25,000 CFA Fr).

The export of the local currency is limited to 10,000 CFA francs.

You should keep all exchange receipts until you leave the country.

When paying by credit card, you should never lose sight of it. There are always cases of abuse!

Customs regulations

The following may be carried duty-free:

  • 200 cigarettes or 25 cigars or 200 g tobacco
  • 1 liter of alcoholic beverages
  • small amounts of perfume

(Information applies to people aged 18 and over)

Tourists and people in transit can bring items of personal use with them duty-free.

Weapons (including sport rifles) can only be imported with an import permit.

Video cameras may only be introduced for personal use and upon payment of a deposit, which will be refunded upon departure.

Travel advice

Before traveling to the north or west of the country, you should contact the German embassy in Abidjan.

Find out about the current situation on site and leave your contact details and the planned travel route in the embassy.

There are always armed robberies, even during the day.


The Ivory Coast is the largest exporter of cocoa beans in the world, as well as one of the largest coffee producers.

The main export goods also include cotton, fruit, vegetables and petroleum.

Industries: Cocoa and coffee products, agriculture, wood industry, light industry, natural gas and oil production, cigarette production

Natural resources: diamonds, iron ores, natural gas, petroleum, copper, magnesium, hydropower

Land use:

  • Usable land: 8%
  • Grain cultivation: 4%
  • Pasture area: 41%
  • Forests: 22%
  • other: 25%


The vegetation-rich region of the south diminishes the further north one goes.

There are large forest areas mainly inland.

Although huge areas have already fallen victim to the clearing, there are still over 200 different types of construction.


Antelopes, gorillas, chimpanzees and monkeys live in the pronounced tropical forests.

The animal species adapted to life in the savannah include jackals, elephants, leopards, hyenas, panthers, buffalos, chimpanzees, baboons and crocodiles.

Among the small animals there are many different types of lizards and venomous snakes.

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