Country Full Name: The Republic of Ivory Coast.
Location: Cote D’Ivoire is in Western Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Ghana and Liberia.
Country Climate: Tropical along coast, semiarid in far north; three seasons – warm and dry (November to March), hot and dry (March to May), hot and wet (June to October).
Country Terrain: Mostly flat to undulating plains; mountains in northwest.
Major Languages: French, Indigenous languages.
Major Religions: Islam, Christianity, indigenous beliefs.
Country Population: 20.8 million (2008 est.) 21.4 million (2009 est.).
Country Economy: The Ivorian economy is largely market based and depends heavily on the agricultural sector. Almost 70% of the Ivorian people are engaged in some form of agricultural activity.
Currency: CFA Franc (XOF).
Country Inflation: 6.3% (2008 est.) 5.9% (2009 est.).
City: Abidjan is the economic and former official capital of Cote D’Ivoire as well as the largest city.
City Economy: Abidjan is characterized by high industrialization and urbanization. Major industries include food processing, lumber, automobile manufacturing, and the manufacture of textiles, chemicals, and soap.
Cost of Living: Abidjan has an overall cost of living index which equates it with middle cost of living locations. The overall cost of living index is comprised of the prices for defined quantities of the same goods and services across all 13 Basket Groups. Abidjan is currently ranked 96 overall, most expensive place in the world for expatriates to live, out of 282 international locations.
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