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Ivory Coast

  • Côte d'Ivoire is the official name, but the country is also known as the Ivory Coast. It is in western Africa on the Gulf of Guinea, is a little larger than New Mexico. The country consists of a coastal strip in the south, dense forests in the interior, and savannas in the north.

  • The capital is Yamoussoukro.

  • Côte d'Ivoire was originally divided into several states and kingdoms before becoming a colony of France in 1893. It gained in-dependence on August 7, 1960.

  • The population is over 25 million people!

  • The currency is the West African CFA Franc.

  • Weather in Côte d'Ivoire is very warm, and there are two rainy seasons and a dry season. The majority of rain falls between May and July.

  • The most popular sport is football (soccer). The national team has played and qualified for several World Cups. Rugby and basketball are also popular.

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