The state became independent on 7 August 1960. 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 country is divided into 19 regions and 58 departments.  
Côte d’Ivoire is the world’s largest producer & exporter of Cocoa beans and a significant producer and exporter of coffee and palm oil. Government attempts to diversify the economy, it is still heavily dependent on agriculture and related activities, engaging roughly 68% of the population. Since 2006 oil & gas production have become more important engines of economic activity than cocoa. According to statistics, earning from oil & refined products were $1.3 billion in 2006, while Cocoa-related revenues were $1 billion during the same period. Côte d’Ivoire’s offshore oil and gas production has resulted in substantial crude oil exports and provided sufficient natural gas to fuel electricity exports to Ghana, Togo, Benin, Mali and Burkina Faso. Oil exploration by a number of Consortiums of private companies continues offshore, and President GBAGBO has expressed hope that daily crude output could reach 200,000 barrels per day (b/d) by the end of the decade.
Capital Yamoussoukro (6°51′N 5°18′W / 6.85°N 5.3°W)
Largest city Abidjan
Official language French
Religion Muslims 35-40%, Indigenous 25-40%, Christian 20-30% (2001)
Note:the majority of foreigners (migratory workers) are Muslim (70%) and Christian(20%)
Vernacular languages Dioula (Bambara)
Demonym Ivorian/Ivoirian
Government Republic
President H.E Alassane Ouattara
Prime Minister H.E Patrick Jerome
Foreign Minister H.E Kandia Kamissoko CAMARA
Independence from France
Date 7 August 1960


322,460 km2 (68th) 124,502 sq mi
Land Use Arable Land: 10.23% Permanent Crops: 11.16% Other 78.61% (2005)
Environment International Agreement Party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change , Desertification, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Tropical Timber 83, Tropical Timber 94,
Water (%) 1.4
2009 estimate 20,617,068 (56th)
Coast Line 515 KM
GDP (PPP) 2008 estimate
Total $34.104 billion
Per capita $1,642
GDP (nominal) 2008 estimate
Agricultural Products Coffee, Cocoa beans, bananas, palm kernels, corn, rice, manioc (tapioca) sweet potatoes, sugar, cotton, rubber & timer etc.
Industries Foodstuffs, beverages, wood products, oil refining, truck & bus assembly, textiles, fertilizer, building materials, electricity, ship construction and repair
Total $23.508 billion
Legal System Based on French Civil Law system and customary law, judicial review in the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court.
Executive Branch

Chief of State: President Head of Government: Prime Minister Cabinet: Council of Ministers appointed by the President.
Note: under the current power-sharing agreement the Prime Minister and the President share the authority to appoint ministers.

Legislative Branch Unicameral National Assembly or Assemblee Natioanle (225 seats, members are elected in single and multi-district elections by direct popular vote to serve five year terms
Judicial Branch Supreme Court or Cour Supreme Consists of four Chambers,: Judicial Chamber for criminal cases, Audit Chamber for financial cases, Constitutional Chamber for judicial review cases, and Administrative Chamber for civil cases
Per capita $1,132
Currency West African CFA franc (XOF)
Time zone GMT (UTC+0)
Summer (DST) not observed (UTC+0)
Drives on the Right Side
Internet TLD .ci
Calling code 225
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