IVORIAN Facts & Figures

Size: 124,502 square miles

Population: 20,617,068

Capital: Yamoussoukro

Currency: West African Franc

Weather / Climate:

The climate of Côte d'Ivoire is generally warm and humid, ranging from equatorial in the southern coasts to tropical in the middle and semiarid in the far north. There are three seasons: warm and dry (November to March), hot and dry (March to May), and hot and wet (June to October). Temperatures average between 25 and 32 °C (77 and 89.6 °F) and range from 10 to 40 °C (50 to 104 °F).

Taken from wikipedia

IVORIAN languages

Official langauge: French

National languages:About 70 languages, Aoulé, Sénoufo, Yacouba, Agni, Attié, Guéré, Bété, Dioula, Abé, Mahou, Wobé, Llobi

Major languages of Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) include Baoulé, Dan, and Dioula. The official language is French, which was the colonial language.

Ethnologuelists 78 living languages including the above. Others with large numbers of speakers include Anyin, which is closely related to Baoulé, and Senufo. Dioula ie=CI Ethnologue Listing of Ivoirian Languages]

Taken from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Languages_of_C%C3%B4te_d%27Ivoire

IVORIAN people


21,058,798 (2010 est.)

Note: estimates for this country explicitly take into account the effects of excess mortality due to AIDS; this can result in lower life expectancy, higher infant mortality and death rates, lower population and growth rates, and changes in the distribution of population by age and sex than would otherwise be expected (July 2010 est.)

Age Structure

0-14 years: 40.6% (male 4,215,912/female 4,146,077)

15-64 years: 56.6% (male 5,942,642/female 5,720,108)

65 years and over: 2.9% (male 296,074/female 296,255) (2010 est.)

Median age

Total: 19.6 years

Male: 19.7 years

Female: 19.5 years (2011 est.)

Birth rate

31.48 births/1,000 population (2010 est.)

Death rate

10.43 deaths/1,000 population (2010 est.)

Sex ratio

At birth: 1.03 male(s)/female

Under 15 years: 1.02 male(s)/female

15-64 years: 1.04 male(s)/female

65 years and over: 0.99 male(s)/female

Total population: 1.03 male(s)/female (2011 est.)

Ethnic groups

Akan 42.1%, Voltaiques or Gur 17.6%, Northern Mandes 16.5%, Krous 11%, Southern Mandes 10%, other 2.8% (includes 30,000 Lebanese and 45,000 French) (2004)

Côte d'Ivoire has more than 60 ethnic groups, usually classified into five principal divisions: Akan (east and center, including Lagoon peoples of the southeast), Krou (southwest), Southern Mandé (west), Northern Mandé (northwest), Sénoufo/Lobi (north center and northeast). The Baoulés, in the Akan division, probably comprise the largest single subgroup with 15%-20% of the population. They are based in the central region around Bouaké and Yamoussoukro. The Bétés in the Krou division, the Sénoufos in the north, and the Malinkés in the northwest and the cities are the next largest groups, with 10%-15% of the national population. Most of the principal divisions have a significant presence in neighboring countries.

Of the more than 5 million non-Ivorian Africans living in Côte d'Ivoire, one-third to one-half are from Burkina Faso; the rest are from Ghana, Guinea, Mali, Nigeria, Benin, Sénégal, Liberia, and Mauritania. The non-African expatriate community includes roughly 50,000 French (this number may be inaccurate due to the evacuation of roughly 8,000 Frenchmen in November 2004) and possibly 30,000 Lebanese. The number of elementary school-aged children attending classes increased from 22% in 1960 to 67% in 1995.

Taken from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics_of_C%C3%B4te_d%27Ivoire


Ivorian cuisineis the traditional cuisine of Côte d'Ivoire, or the Ivory Coast, and is based on tubers, grains, chicken, seafood, fish, fresh fruits, vegetables and spicesand is very similar to that of neighboring countries in west Africa.[1] Common staple foods include grains and tubers. Côte d'Ivoire is one of the largest cocoa producers in the world, and also produces palm oil and coffee.[1]

Common foods and dishes

Cassava and plantains are significant parts of Ivorian cuisine.[1] A type of corn paste called “Aitiu” is used to prepare corn balls, and peanuts are widely used in many dishes.[1] Attiéké is a popular side dish in Côte d'Ivoire made with grated cassava and is very similar in taste and consistency to couscous.[1] A common street-vended food is alloco, which is ripe banana fried in palm oil, spiced with a spicy sauce made of onions and chili. It can be eaten alone as a snack or often with a hard-boiled egg, as well as a side dish.

Grilled fish and grilled chicken are the most popular non-vegetarian foods. The lean, low-fat chicken of the region is commonly referred as poulet bicyclette.[1] Seafood includes tuna, sardines, shrimp and bonito,[1] which are similar to tuna.

Mafé is another common dish consisting of meat in a peanut sauce.[2] Slow-simmered stews with various ingredients are another common food staple in Côte d'Ivoire.[2] Kedjenou is a type of spicy stew consisting of chicken and vegetables that are slow-cooked in a sealed pot with little or no added liquid, which concentrates the flavors of the chicken and vegetables and tenderizes the chicken.[2] It's usually cooked in a pottery jar called a canary, over a slight fire, or cooked in an oven.[2]

Ivorian land snails are huge and very appreciated, commonly grilled or eaten in sauce.

Maquis restaurants

Ivorians have a particular kind of small, open-air restaurant called a maquis,[1] which is unique to Côte d'Ivoire. Maquis normally feature braised chicken and fish served with onions and tomatoes,[1] attiéké, and/or kedjenou.

Fruits and vegetables

Widely-consumed fruits include mandarins, mango, passion fruit, sour sops and coconuts.[1] Eggplant is a commonly used vegetable in many dishes.[2] "Foutou" is a dish consisting of mashed plantains.[2]

Taken from wikipedia

Places to go in COTE D'IVOIRE



Doing business in COTE D'IVOIRE

Côte d’Ivoirehas, for the region, a relatively high income per capita (USD 960 in 2007) and plays a key role in transit trade for neighboring, landlocked countries. The country is the largest economy in the West African Economic and Monetary Union, constituting 40 percent of the monetary union’s total GDP. The country is the world's largest exporter of cocoa, and the fourth largest exporter of goods, in general, in sub-Saharan Africa (following South Africa, Nigeria and Angola).[42]

The maintenance of close ties to France since independence in 1960, diversification of agriculture for export, and encouragement of foreign investment, have been factors in the economic growth of Côte d'Ivoire. In recent years Côte d'Ivoirehas been subject to greater competition and falling prices in the global marketplace for its primary agricultural crops: coffee and cocoa. That, compounded with high internal corruption, makes life difficult for the grower and those exporting into foreign markets.

Taken from wikipedia

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