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Travel Information for Ivory Coast
Time zone:GMT 0 (Greenwich mean time) Daylight savings:    None
Main languages:French Other languages:    Dioula
Currency: Communaute Financiere Africaine francs (XOF)

1 = CAF655, $1 = CAF0.00, £1 = CAF781

(rates as of Sep 2016)

Internet Domain:.ciInternational Dialling Code:    225

For help planning your trip to Ivory Coast including visas, vaccinations, currency exchange, flights, accomodation and insurance, see our Ivory Coast trip planning page.

Further information on Ivory Coast

Discover more about Ivory Coast - the country's geogrpahy and natural features, an assessment of its status on freedom and rights and data on the country's population and economy.

Geography & Natural Features

Map of ivory_coast

Total area: 322,460 sq km (4,460 sq km under water)

Coastline: 515 km (Gulf of Guinea)

Neighbours (border lengths): Burkina Faso (584km), Ghana (668km), Guinea (610km), Liberia (716km), Mali (532km)

Climate: Tropical climate along coast, semiarid in far north. There are three seasons - warm and dry from November to March, hot and dry from March to May and hot and wet from June to October.

Highest mountain: Mont Nimba (1,752m)

Freedom & Rights

Summary status and rankings for Ivory Coast from classifications of different organisations measuring political and economic freedom, democracy and civil rights. See more details of these rankings.

Freedom in the WorldPartly Free -
Democracy IndexAuthoritarian regime 126/167
Economic FreedomMostly Unfree 103/179
Press FreedomNoticeable problems 84/179
ILGA LGBT rightsLimited rights -
Corruption PerceptionsMedium corruption 115/174
Overall Ranking:    132/195

Other Data & Links

Full name: Republic of Cote d'Ivoire     Status: Independent Country

Population: 22,848,945 (rank: 54/196)     Density: 70.8 people/sq km (rank: 109/196)

Ethnic groups: Akan 42.1%, Voltaiques or Gur 17.6%, Northern Mandes 16.5%, Krous 11%, Southern Mandes 10%, other 2.8% (includes 130,000 Lebanese and 14,000 French) (1998)

Religions: Muslim 38.6%, Christian 32.8%, indigenous 11.9%, none 16.7% (2008 est)

GDP (PPP): $43.67 billion       GDP per capita: $1,800 (rank: 164/195)

Information derived from the CIA World Factbook. Other country profiles: BBC News.