Côte d'Ivoire

Also known as Ivory Coast, Côte D’Ivoire is a country in Western Africa. Mali and Burkina Faso border it to the north, Ghana to the east, and Liberia and Guinea to the west. The Gulf of Guinea — which forms part of the Atlantic Ocean — bounds the country on the south.

Country Profile

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The legislative capital of Côte D’Ivoire is Yamoussoukro, located in the center of the country. Its largest city, Abidjan, is the administrative and economic capital. Many countries, including the United States, have their embassies in Abidjan.

Almost two-thirds of the country’s land is used for agriculture. The terrain is mostly flat with gentle slopes, although mountains are in the northwest. The highest point in Côte D’Ivoire is Mount Nimba, in the far west along the border with Liberia and Guinea. Two of the country’s most notable rivers are the Bandama River and the Cavalla River. The Bandama is Côte D’Ivoire’s longest river, while the Cavalla forms two-thirds of the country’s southern border with Liberia. The south of the country is characterized by coastal, inland lagoons and dense forests. It is also where Assagny National Park, Côte D’Ivoire’s largest national park, is located.

Generally, the climate in Côte D’Ivoire is warm and humid. It has three seasons: warm and dry, hot and dry, and hot and wet.

Côte D’Ivoire is a republic. The President is the head of the state and the head of the government. The government is divided into three branches with separate powers and responsibilities. These branches are executive, legislative, and judicial. 

Côte d'Ivoire: Stats and Facts

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