Special Notice

May 2019

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office advises against all but essential travel to within 20km of the border with Liberia.

Introduction

Summary

The Republic of Côte d’Ivoire (formerly known as Ivory Coast) is an independent state in West Africa. Formerly a member of the French Community, it is an Associate Member of the EU through the Lome Convention and a member of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

Cities

Capital: Yamoussoukro (Administrative), Abidjan (Economic)

Principal Ports

Abidjan, San-Pedro

Population

24.3 million

International Country Code

CI

Language(s)

French, plus 60 native dialects with Dioula the most widely spoken.

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