Country Portrait: Ivory Coast

Country facts:

  • Full name: Republic of Cote d’Ivoire
  • Capital: Yamoussoukro
  • 68th largest country in the world (322,460 km²)
  • Largest cities: Abidjan, Bouake, Daloa
  • Population: 20.6 Mio
  • Growth rate: 1.58%
  • Age expectancy: 55.5 years
  • Languages: Baoulé, Senoufo Cebaara,…
  • Ethnic Mix: Akan (42.1%), Voltaiques Gur (17.6%), Northern Mandes (6.5%),…

Researching for this series, I realised that I generally didn’t know very much about anything else than the standard countries. I was really surprised by that, because I thought I had a good general knowledge, but one never stops learning, as a German saying goes… So here’s further information about today’s country Cote d’Ivoire:

Although it is commonly known in English as the Ivory Coast, the Ivorian government officially discourages this usage, preferring the French name Côte d’Ivoire to be used in all languages.

The state became independent on 7 August 1960. From 1960 to 1993, it was led by Félix Houphouët-Boigny. Côte d’Ivoire maintained close political and economic association with its West African neighbours, while at the same time the country maintained close ties to theWest, especially to France. However, since the end of Houphouët-Boigny’s rule, the country has experienced two coups d’état (1999 and 2001) and a civil war, but recent elections and a political agreement between the new government and the rebels have brought a return to peace.

Today, Côte d’Ivoire is a republic with a strong executive power personified in the President. Its de jure capital is Yamoussoukro and the official language is French.

The culture of Côte d’Ivoire is ethnically diverse. More than sixty indigenous ethnic groups are often cited, although this number may be reduced to seven clusters of ethnic groups by classifying small units together on the basis of common cultural and historical characteristics.

They don’t say anything in general about sports in the country, but here’s some information about the soccer team:

The Côte d’Ivoire national football team (written as “Ivory Coast” in English), nicknamed Les Éléphants (The Elephants), represents Côte d’Ivoire in international football and is controlled by theFédération Ivoirienne de Football. Until 2005, their greatest accomplishment was winning the 1992 African Cup of Nations against Ghana on penalties at the Stade Leopold Senghor in Dakar, Senegal. Their most famous player is Didier Drogba, who plays in Europe.

They have a very good team and are always among the secret tips of who will enter the final matches… Let’s wait and see how far they will get this time…

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3 thoughts on “Country Portrait: Ivory Coast

  1. Interesting facts, have you been there? I’m not good with geography learning lots from you. I guess it’s like the Germans saying. Have a wonderful weekend.

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