Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
Republique de la Cote d'Ivoire (Republic of Cote d'Ivoire)

Capital
Yamoussoukro

Area
124,502 sq mi
322,460 sq km


Population
16,962,491 est 2003

Largest city
Abidjan
pop. 3,427,500


Languages
French (official), 60 African languages especially Dioula

Peoples
Native African peoples (Akan 42.1%, Voltaiques or Gur 17.6%, Northern Mandes 16.5%, Krous 11%, Southern Mandes 10%, other 2.8% (includes 130,000 Lebanese and 14,000 French)

Religion
Christian 20-30%, Islam 35-40%, indigenous 25-40% (2001)

Life Expectancy
total population: 42.48 years
male: 40.27 years
female: 44.76 years (2004 est.)


Literacy
total population: 50.9%
male: 57.9%
female: 43.6% (2003 est.)


Suffrage
18 years of age; universal

Government
Republic; multiparty presidential regime established 1960


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