22 Cool Facts about Côte d’Ivoire
Looking to boost your chances of winning the next pub quiz? Brush up on your worldly facts with these 22 interesting facts about the Ivory Coast!
- Côte d’Ivoire is a beautiful country in West Africa.
- It is bordered by Mali and Burkina Faso to the north, Ghana to the east and Liberia and Guinea to the west; it also has a coastline along the Atlantic Ocean to the south.
- With stunning sandy beaches, gloriously green mountains and sprawling cities, there’s lots to explore in Côte d’Ivoire. To witness its delights for yourself, follow the coordinates 6.8500° N, 5.3000° W.
- The terrain here is dominated by flat-to-undulating plains, with mountains in the northwest.
- The total land area of Côte d’Ivoire is 124,503 square miles (322,462 square kilometres)…
- …that’s around the same size as Norway.
- Côte d’Ivoire’s population was 23,295,302 in 2015…
- …that’s almost 5 times the population of Norway!
- Residents here are known as Ivorian.
- Côte d’Ivoire has two capitals, Yamoussoukro and Abidjan; they cover an area of 1,351 square miles (3,500 square kilometres) and 818 square miles (2,119 square kilometres) and had a population of 259,000 in 2014 and 4,860,000 in 2015 respectively.
- Ivorians living on the coast enjoy a tropical climate, changing to semiarid in the far north.
- Côte d’Ivoire boasts leopards, antelopes, buffalos, pygmy hippopotamuses, monkeys, elephants, panthers, hyaenas, jackals, crocodiles, chimpanzees, zebras and lions, plus a species of worm lizard which is endemic and thus not found anywhere else in the world!
- The official language of Côte d’Ivoire is French, although around 60 native languages are also spoken here.
- Côte d’Ivoire was formerly known as Ivory Coast until it changed its name in 1985.
- West African CFA Franc is the official currency here.
- Former Chelsea United football player Didier Drogba was born in Abidjan!
- The average Ivorian life span is 58 years.
- Music and dance form an important part of celebrations and ceremonies in Côte d’Ivoire.
- Côte d’Ivoire grows coffee, cocoa, palm kernels, bananas and timber; they also catch fish.
- Its industry consists of foodstuffs, tourism, beverages, oil refining, wood products and the assembly of trucks and buses.
- The main exports include coffee, timber, cocoa, cotton and petroleum.
- In fact, Côte d’Ivoire is the world’s largest exporter of cocoa!