Ivory Coast Guide

Ivory Coast Guide

Ivory Coast – country information

Country name Ivory Coast
Official name Republika Ivory Coast
Capital Yamoussoukro
continent Africa
Area 322,463 km2
Population 23 202 000 (2012)
Foundation of a state 7. 8. 1960
The highest mountains Nimba 1752 m
Longest rivers Comoé 810 km
State system a pluralist republic with a unicameral parliament
The biggest cities Abidjan (Capital – Legislature) 2,550,000, Bouaké 415,000, Yamoussokro (Capital – Administration)
Official language French
Ethnicity/National Composition Akan 43%, Kru 17%, Volta 16%, Malink 14.5%, Southern Mando 9.5%, others 1%
Religious affiliation Muslims 39%, Christians 28%, Animists 17%, Atheists 13%, Other 3%
Currency 1 CFA franc (CFAF) = 100 centimes
gross domestic product (GDP) US$1,707 (2012)
Average life expectancy of the population 48.82 let (2006)
Structure of GDP agriculture and fishing 28.5%, mining and industry 13%, construction 4%, services 54.5%

Ivory Coast – Neighboring States

State Capital Area Populace
Burkina Ouagadougou 274,000 km 17 322 796
Ghana Accra 238,533 km2 24 658 823
Guinea Conakry 245,857 km 10 824 200
liberie Monrovia 111,369 km2 4 294 000
Mali Bamako 1,240,190 km 15 302 000

Country overview

According to Abbreviationfinder, Ivory Coast (Côte d’Ivoire) is located on the West African coast of the Gulf of Guinea, bordering Mali and Burkina to the north, Ghana to the east, Liberia and Guinea to the west.

Côte d’Ivoire (Republic of the Ivory Coast) is a state in West Africa. Shared borders with Liberia, Guinea, Mali, Burkina Faso and Ghana. The capital is Yamoussoukro. The official language is French.

The climate is equatorial. Temperature +28*С.

Resorts and attractions of Côte d’Ivoire

Despite the fact that Côte d’Ivoire is one of the smallest countries in Africa, this state has an extraordinary cultural wealth.

While the southern coastal zone has served as a benchmark for prosperity and modernization over the past few decades, the northern and western regions of the country have managed to preserve two fascinating and vital traditional cultures – Senufo and Dan. But outside of Africa, few have heard these names.

Interesting facts

For the first time, Europeans began to land on the shores of modern Côte d’Ivoire in the 15th century.

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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