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Côte d’Ivoire

Ivory Coast or Côte d’Ivoire is formally recognised as the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire and forms part of West Africa. Liberia, Guinea, Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana and the Gulf of Guinea are neighbours to this county. Côte d’Ivoire has a strong executive power invested in the President with a division of 19 regions and 81 departments. The country is a member of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, African Union, La Francophonie, Latin Union, Economic Community of West African States and South Atlantic Peace and Cooperation Zone.

The production of coffee and cocoa transformed the country into an economic capital and today the Ivoirian economy is predominantly market-based relying heavily on agriculture. The country’s official language is French and the most practised religions are Islam, Christianity and several indigenous religions.

The country has hosted some of the world’s major African sporting events; African Basketball Championships, Africa Cup of Nations and the African Basketball Championship where its basketball team won the gold medal.  Traditional cuisine of Côte d’Ivoire enjoys ingredients such as grains, tubers, cassava and plantains.

Capital: Yamoussoukro

Currency: West African CFA franc

Official language: French Language

Population: 23.2 million