Coastal village, Côte d'Ivoirehttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Tiagba3.jpg
is a country in West Africa previously commonly known as the Ivory Coast. (The country has adopted Côte d'Ivoire as the only official form.) It shares a border with Liberia to the west, Guinea to the northwest, Mali to the north, Burkina Faso to the northeast, and Ghana to the east.
Côte d'Ivoire covers 322,462 sq km (124,502 sq mi) and has a population of 21 million people (2011 estimate). Its capital is Yamoussoukro while its largest city is Abidjan. The country is a semi-presidential republic using French as the official language. In 2010, Côte d'Ivoire had a nominal GDP of $23.6 billion and a per capita nominal GDP of $1,073. The per capita GDP at purchasing power parity is $1,685.
Côte d'Ivoire is on the Coordinated Universal Time (UTC+0). Its official currency is the West African CFA franc (XOF). Traffic drives on the right. Phone IDD code here is +225. The electricity here is 220V/50Hz using European plugs.
Visitors are discouraged from visiting Côte d'Ivoire due to political volatility in the country.
Since gaining independence on 7 August, 1960, the country has lived through a coup d'état and a civil war. The situation in the country continues to be unstable in the immediate future.
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Cathédrale Saint-Paul d'Abidjan Plateau, Côte d'Ivoirehttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:SaintPaul.JPG
Planning your visit to Côte d'Ivoire
The Felix-Houphouët-Boigny International Airport is the main gateway to Côte d'Ivoire with regular flights from Paris and Brussels.
Major Cities in Côte d'Ivoire
- Yamoussoukro - capital
- Abidjan - biggest city
- San Pedro
World Heritage Sites in Côte d'Ivoire
Côte d'Ivoire ratified the World Heritage Convention on 9 January, 1981. As of August 2010, there are just three properties in Côte d'Ivoire inscribed on the World Heritage List. All three are natural sites, of which two are listed in the List of World Heritage In Danger. Côte d'Ivoire has another four sites on the World Heritage Tentative List.
Sites in Côte d'Ivoire on the World Heritage Tentative List
- Parc national des Iles Ehotilé (2006)
- Parc archéologique d'Ahouakro (2006)
- Mosquées de style soudanais du Nord ivoirien (2006)
- Ville historique de Grand Bassam (2006)
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