Côte D’Ivoire is Africa’s 28th largest country and it has the 3rd largest French speaking population in world. Learn more fun facts about this vibrant country.
It’s located in West Africa and is the 28th largest country in
Its political capital is Yamoussoukro, while its economic capital and largest
city is Abidjan.
It has more than 60 ethnic groups. Major ethnic groups include: Akan (29%),
Voltaique or Gur (16%), Northern Mande (15%), Kru (9)%, Southern Mande (7%)
Major languages: French (official), Dioula, Baule, Dan, Anyin, Senari
Major religions: Islam (40%), Christianity (34%), Traditional and Indigenous
religions (25%), other religions (1%)
It was colonized by France in 1843 and gained independence in 1960.
It’s had 2 civil wars post-independence. The first was a 5-year conflict,
between 2002 and 2007, largely over religious tensions. The second was a 5-month
conflict, between 2010 and 2011, over the disputed presidential election.
Sixty percent of the population is under age 25.
It is the world’s largest producer and exporter of cocoa beans.
It has the world’s 3rd largest French speaking population.
The Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, located in Yamoussoukro, is the largest
church in the world.
It has 3 national parks on the UNESCO World Heritage List: Mount Nimba Strict
Nature Reserve; Taï National Park, home of 11 monkey species; and Comoe
National Park, West Africa’s largest protected area.
Abidjan is a cosmopolitan city and its Plateau area has been called the “Manhattan
of Africa” because of its gleaming skyscrapers and manicured gardens.
The beach resorts of San Pedro, Assinie, and Grand Bassam are popular with
15. Côte D’Ivoire’s tourism industry is rapidly increasing, having seen a near ten-fold increase between 2010 and 2020. Attractions include beaches, rainforests, wildlife safaris, mountains, waterfalls, local culture, art markets, and a vibrant nightlife.