Ivory Coast Travel Overview

Cote d´Ivoire

At a glance

Capital: Yamoussoukro

Official language: French

Currency: CFA franc

Continent: West Africa

Ivory Coast

According to Countryaah, the Ivory Coast – or with its official name Côte d’Ivoire – was a colony of France for a long time. It was not until 1960 that the Ivory Coast gained independence. Therefore, the official language on the Ivory Coast is still French. The capital is Yamoussoukro, but the economic and administrative center is Abidjan.

If you want to spend your vacation on the Ivory Coast, there are many ways to get there. Probably the most comfortable and easiest way is to arrive by plane, because the Ivory Coast has an international airport in Abidjan, which is served by many international airlines.

Basically, the Ivory Coast has a lot to offer for a vacation. Both for those who want to take a beach holiday as well as for those who want to see the country and the culture in the form of a cultural trip or city break.

Beach vacation on the Ivory Coast

Especially in the south of the country on the Atlantic coast there are a multitude of places that are ideal for a beach holiday, such as the places Assouinde, Assinie and Grand Bassam. There you will find wonderful beaches that invite you to relax and unwind.

City break in Ivory Coast

The capital – Yamoussoukro, is ideal for a city trip. If you are on vacation in Yamoussouko, it is a must to visit the Notre Dame de la Paix cathedral. The Notre Dame de la Paix cathedral was built by Felix Houphouët-Boigny, the first president of the Ivory Coast, and it is an exact copy of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. although he financed the entire sum from his private funds. Above all, it was criticized that the money should have been used to tackle the economic and social problems on the Ivory Coast. Abidjan
is also suitableexcellent for a city break. Abidjan is not only the economic and administrative center of the Ivory Coast but also the largest city in the Ivory Coast and is also called “Paris of West Africa”.

Cultural tour and tour of the Ivory Coast

For those who do not want to go on a city trip but want to get to know more of the country itself, there is the possibility to book an organized tour on site. Such a tour usually includes a visit to a national park. The largest and most famous national parks on the Ivory Coast are the Parc du Banco, Abokouamékro, Comoé and Taï National Park.

Important facts

Alternative name: Cote d´Ivoire

Capital: Yamoussoukro

Official language: French


Currency (sub-unit)

CFA franc (100 centimes)

ISO 4217 code

XOF / 952


Continent: Africa

Region: west

Geo coordinates: N 7 ° 32 ’24 ” W -5 ° -32′ -49.5″

Highest mountain: Mont Nimba (1,752 m)

Total area: 322,460 km²

Mainland: 318,000 km²

National border: 3,110 km

Coastline: 515 km


Dependency: France until 1960

UN member since: 1960

Other political affiliation: African Union

Form of government: Centralist republic


Export goods: Coffee, cocoa, wood

BSP: $ 16,721,000,000

GDP: $ 17,287,000,000

GDP purchasing power parity: $ 29.86 billion

Economic growth: 1.4%

GDP share of agriculture: 27.6%

GDP share of industry: 18%

GDP share of services: 55.4%

Inflation rate: 3.3%

State budget revenue: $ 2,486,000,000

State budget expenditure: $ 2983,000,000

National debt: 59.3%

Export: $ 7.223 billion

Import: $ 5,982,000,000

Gold and currency reserves: $ 1,360,000,000

Electricity consumption: 3,976 million KWh

Gas reserves: 29,730 million m³

Gas production: 1,310 million m³

Gas consumption: 1,310 million m³

Oil reserves: 220 million m³

Oil production: 36,000 million m³

Oil consumption: 26,000 million m³

Cultivation area: 21.2%

Bovine: 1,688,000 pieces

Sheep: 1,679,000 pieces

Fishing: 73,000 t

Demographic data

Residents: 17,654,900

Residents in cities: 7,792,000

Average age: 19.2 years

0-14 years: 40.8%

15-64 years: 56.4%

> 65 years: 2.8%

Population growth: 2.03%

Birth rate: 35.51 / 1,000 residents

Death rate: 14.84 / 1,000 residents

Ratio men / women: 1

Fertility: 4.5 children / woman

Infant mortality: 89.11 ‰

Life expectancy men: 46.24 years

Life expectancy women: 51.48 years

Country codes and abbreviations

ISO 3166 Alpha 2: CI

ISO 3166 Alpha 3: CIV

ISO 3166 numeric: 384

Top Level Domain: ci

IOC country code: CIV


Source: Abbreviationfinder


Telephone connections: 374,000

Cell Phones: 1,958,000

Radios: 4,322,000

TV: 1,050,000

Computer: 373,000

Internet users: 220,000


Railway lines: 660 km

Paved roads: 6,500 km

Cars: 209,000

Pipelines: 434


Number of doctors: 1,770

Daily food intake: 2,720 kcal / resident

HIV- infected people: 620,000


Illiteracy: 45%


Foundation: 1960

Last sovereign since: 1960


Main religious group: Muslims


Prison inmates: 11,300

Defense Spending: $ 262,300,000