Quick Facts

  • Official name: Republic of Côte d’Ivoire (formerly known as the Ivory Coast)
  • Independence: 1960 (from France)
  • Area: 322,463 sq. km (slightly larger than Mexico)
  • Divided into 19 regions
  • Population: 21,952,093
  • Nationality: Ivoirian(s)
  • Economy: based on agriculture, the 4th largest cocoa exporter in the world
  • Official language: French
  • Religions: primarily Muslim and Christian
  • Population: 23,295,302
  • Capital city: Yamoussoukro (pop. 259,000)
  • Literacy rate: 43.1%
  • Current weather conditions: www.weather.com
  • Tips for travel in country: www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates: www.xe.com

Government in Power

  • Type of government: republic – multiparty presidential regime established in 1960
  • Chief of state: President Alassane Dramane Quattara (since 2010) – elected by popular vote
  • Head of government: Prime Minister Daniel Kablan Duncan (since 2012) – appointed by the president

Healthcare Statistics

  • Maternal mortality rate: 645/100,000
  • Infant mortality rate: 58.7/1,000 births
  • Life expectancy: 58.34 years
  • Total fertility rate: 3.54 children/woman
  • Health expenditures: 5.7% GDP
  • Physician density: 0.14/1,000
  • Hospital bed density: 0.4/1,000
  • Children under age of 5 underweight: 15.7%
  • HIV/AIDS adult prevalence rate: 3.46%
  • Infectious disease risk: very high
  • Infectious diseases: bacterial diarrhea, hepatitis A, typhoid fever, malaria, yellow fever, rabies, schistosomiasis, meningococcal meningitis, avian influenza
  • Infectious disease updates: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm

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