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Economy of Cote d'Ivoire
GDP (official exchange rate, 2008 est.): $23.5 billion.
GDP (purchasing power parity, 2008 est.): $35.8 billion.
Annual real growth rate (2008 est.): 2.3%.
Natural resources: Petroleum (offshore) discovered in 1977,
production began in 1980. According to Ivorian Government
figures, exports of crude oil and refined oil products totaled
$2.97 billion (f.o.b.) in 2008. Gold mining began in the early
Agriculture (24% of GDP, 2007): Products--cocoa, coffee,
timber, rubber, corn, rice, tropical foods.
Industry (25% of GDP, 2007): Types--food processing, textiles.
Services (51% of GDP, 2007).
Trade (2008): Exports ($10.9 billion f.o.b.)--petroleum,
cocoa, coffee, timber, cotton, palm oil, pineapples, bananas,
fish. Major markets--Germany, Nigeria, Netherlands, France,
U.S. Total imports ($9.1 billion f.o.b.)--fuel, consumer
goods, basic foodstuffs (rice, wheat), capital goods. Major
suppliers-- Nigeria, France, China.
Geography of Cote d'Ivoire
Area: 322,500 sq. km. (124,500 sq. mi.); slightly larger than
Cities: Principal city--Abidjan (economic capital, de facto
political capital). Capital--Yamoussoukro (official). Other
cities--Bouake, Daloa, Gagnoa, Korhogo, Man, San Pedro.
Terrain: Forested, undulating, hilly in the west; savannah in
Climate: Tropical in the south; arid in the north.
Government of Cote d'Ivoire
Independence: August 7, 1960.
Branches: Executive--president (chief of state and head of
government). Legislative--unicameral National Assembly.
Judicial--Supreme Court (3 chambers: judicial, administrative,
auditing); Constitutional Council.
Administrative subdivisions: 19 regions, 90 departments, 196
Political parties: Front Populaire Ivoirien (FPI), Parti
Democratique de la Cote d'Ivoire (PDCI), Rassemblement des
Republicaines (RDR), Union pour la Democratie et pour la Paix
en Cote d'Ivoire (UDPCI), numerous other smaller political
parties operate in Cote d'Ivoire.
Suffrage: Universal at 18.
Map of Cote d'Ivoire
This Map of Cote d'Ivoire shows the borders of the country, as
well as rivers, and cities including Yamoussoukro the capital
of Cote d'Ivoire. (Maps from the U.S. State Department)
Official Name of Cote d'Ivoire
The Official Name of Cote d'Ivoire is the Republic of Cote
d'Ivoir. (Facts from the U.S. State Department)
People of Cote d'Ivoire
Nationality: Noun and adjective--Ivoirian(s).
Population (2006 est.): 18,900,000.
Annual growth rate: 3.8%, with immigration.
Ethnic groups: More than 60.
Religions: Indigenous 10%-20%, Muslim 35%-40%, and Christian
(Catholic, Protestant, and other denominations) 25%-35%.
Languages: French (official); five principal language groups.
Education: Years compulsory--school is not compulsory at this
time. Attendance--57%. Literacy--51%.
Health: Infant mortality rate--111/1,000. Life expectancy--46
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