Côte d'Ivoire is a beautiful West African country along the Atlantic. She shares borders with Burkina Faso, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia and Mali. The Ivorian administrative capital is Yamoussoukro while Abidjan is the economic capital; the population is estimated to be just above 22 million.
Côte d'Ivoire Climate and Landscape
The Ivorian landscape consists of a densely populated coastal region and a sparsely populated and forested interior. The climate is mainly tropical with a small semi arid region in the far north. There are three season in the country; one hot and dry from March to May, one warm and dry from November to March and one hot and wet from June to October.
Côte d'Ivoire Wildlife and sites to Visit
The Côte d'Ivoire has a very rich biodiversity and is home to over 230 mammal species, 700 bird species, 100 fish species, 125 reptile species and almost 4500 plant species. The rich plant and animal life mainly exists in the forested regions. Visitors can enjoy the scenery and watch game within three national parks in the country. Recently scientists discovered a rare tree frog species thought to be extinct, The Nimba reed frog.
Côte d'Ivoire People and Languages
French is the official Ivorian language though some people speak the pidgin version. The country is home to over 60 ethnic groups, largest of which is the Baule, accounting for almost a fifth of the population. The Côte d'Ivoire has a very diverse religious composition with the majority being Muslim, a third Christian and a significant percentage who adhere to indigenous beliefs. Music is an integral part of local culture and it is common to find traditional musicians in market places.
Other Facts from Côte d'Ivoire
The country is renowned for cocoa production and is the world’s largest producer. These cocoa exports are mainly used in production of chocolate around the world, an industry that generated $2.5 billion in 2010. Cocoa production is occasionally affected by blight and other diseases as small-scale farmers have difficulty accessing herbicides. The country also has and exploits some oil and natural gas resources. In addition to these, Côte d'Ivoire also has minerals such as gold, diamonds, iron ore, bauxite and manganese some of which are yet to be exploited. Over the last two decades, the state privatised many corporations including electricity and water utility companies.