Cote d’Ivoire / Maps, Geography, Facts

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Cote d’Ivoire is located in West Africa, on the North Atlantic coast. It is neighbor to Guinea and Liberia to the west, Ghana to the east, Mali and Burkina Faso to the north.

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Although the surface shapes of the country are generally flat, the surface of the country is mostly composed of highland and plains. Only the western parts of the country are at an altitude of 1,000 m higher than the sea level. Nimba Mountain, which has a height of 1.752 m, is located near the Guinea border of the country’s highest point. Part of the northern part of the country is located within the formation called the Upper Guinea Highlands. In addition, the average height is between 200 m and 350 m.


Côte d’Ivoire is a republic managed by the constitution. The current constitution was ratified by the referendum on 23 July 2000 and entered into force. The country has a multi-party political system and is governed by the presidential system. The head of the Côte d’Ivoire is at the top of the state and is also the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces of Côte d’Ivoire. The president of Côte d’Ivoire is elected for a five-year period and the elected president has the right to be elected to this post for a maximum of two consecutive terms.

The prime minister, the head of state, is appointed as the head of the government and can be dismissed by the same presidency. Where the head of the Côte d’Ivoire is not in the country, the prime minister who has served in this capacity is not obliged to be elected from the party which has a majority in the parliament.


The coastal regions are tropical and the northern regions are under the influence of the semi-continental climate. Three seasons are experienced. November – March temperate and dry, March-May hot and dry, June – October is hot and humid.


Islam is the most common religion throughout the country and 40.2% of the population lives according to the Islamic beliefs. The second most common religion is the Christian religion with 38.7%. In this ratio, the rate of the Christians of the Catholic sect is 19.3% and 19.3% of the protestant sects. Except for these two religions, according to 2011-2012 data, there is a small group that declares that they do not belong to any religion other than those who believe in local African religions.

Industry and Tourism

Ivory Coast is the world’s leading manufacturer and exporter of coffee, cocoa beans, and palm oil. The economy, therefore, fluctuates according to the fluctuations in the world market and weather conditions. 68% of the country’s population is employed in the agricultural sector. The most important agricultural products are coffee, cocoa, banana, palm extract, corn, rice, cassava, potatoes, sugar, cotton, rubber, and timber. Cocoa is the leading product in export with 33%. Other major export products are tropical wood, oil, cotton, banana, palm oil, and fish. France, USA, Netherlands, and Nigeria are the most important export partners. Food, consumer goods, investment goods, fuel, and transportation vehicles are imported. France, Nigeria, and Singapore are the biggest import partners.

Population: 25,300,055

Population Density: 80 per Km2

Land Area: 318,000 Km2