Ivory Coast

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The colors of the flag stand for the rich land (orange), peace (white),and hope (green).
National Anthem We salute you, O land of hope,
Country of hospitality

Thy gallant legions
Have restored thy dignity.

Beloved Ivory Coast, thy sons,

Proud builders of thy greatness,
All mustered together for thy glory,
In joy will construct thee.

Proud citizens of the Ivory Coast, the country calls us.
If we have brought back liberty peacefully,
It will be our duty to be an example
Of the hope promised to humanity,
Forging unitedly in new faith
The Fatherland of true brotherhood.



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The Ivory Coast has a population of 16,393,221 people and is slightly larger than New Mexico.

Most of the people are younger or are teenagers. 0-14 40.6%, 15-64 56.6% 65-and over 2.9%

Area- 322,462 km2

Climate- tropical climate with four seasons in the coastal and central regions and two seasons in the northern savannah region.

Terrain- mostly flat, long and wide plains, high mountains in the northwest and a long coastline.

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People- population consists of more than 60 ethnic groups, which are divided into 7 principal big groups. The Akan, Krou or Kru, Lagoon, Nuclear-Mande, Peripheral-Mande, Senoufo and the Lobi.



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Religion- 60% of the population follow local native tribal beliefs. While 20% are Muslims and 20% are Christians, the remaining are Roman Cathloics or Prostents.


Natural Resources- petroleum, tantalum, natural gas, diamonds, gold, manganese,hydro power, iron ore, bauxite, copper, nickel, silica sand, clay, cobalt, cocoa beans, coffee, palm oil.

Leader- Laurent Gbagbo-Born on May 31, 1945

Langauges - The main language is french, although there are about 60 other african langauges.

Education- About 53.8 percent of the poplutation ages 15 and over are literate.

Currency- the curreny they use is Communaute Financiere Africaine.



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Major industries- Agriculture, Food Processing, Forestry, Leather Goods, Mining, Petroleum Refining, and Textiles.

Main exports- Bananas, Cocoa, Coffee, Cotton, Petroleum Products, Pineapples, Rubber, and Timber.

Main trading partners- France, the USA, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy and Japan.

Natural Hazards- During heavy rains flooding may occur and damage small towns.



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GDP- 1,700 which is eqaul to 709$ american dollars. It is ranked 112th in the world

Suffrage- Must be at least 18 to vote.

Unenployment- Was 40% went up to 50 % after the civil war.


Time Line
1960- Aug 7, 1960 - The Ivory Coast voted to become a self governing republic within the French Community. On Aug. 7, 1960 Pres. Felix Houphet Boigny declared Ivory Coast's independence and although there were provisions for multi-partyism within the constitution, opposition ...The Ivory Coast voted to become a self governing republic within the French Community. On Aug. 7, 1960 Pres. Felix Houphouet-Boigny declared Ivory Coast's independence and although there were provisions for multi-partyism within the constitution, opposition parties were not tolerated under Pres. Houphouet- Boigny's rule.

1989- Dec 24, 1989 - An estimated 150000 people have been killed in Liberia since rebels led by CharlesTaylor, a former civil servant, invaded from the Ivory Coast on Dec. 24, 1989. Signed just before midnight Wednesday, the latest agreement builds on a deal that was signed ...An estimated 150000 people have been killed in Liberia since rebels led by Charles Taylor, a former civil servant, invaded from the Ivory Coast on Dec. 24, 1989. Signed just before midnight Wednesday, the latest agreement builds on a deal that was signed by Mr. Taylor and two other main militia leaders in September but which civilian politicians dismissed as a recipe for military dictatorship. Mr. Taylor and the two other main faction leaders.

1999- Dec 1999 - He returned to the Ivory Coast, spending five years working for the nation's development department before the government was deposed in a military coup in December 1999. He escaped unhurt after being placed under house arrest.Thiam has an unusual history for an insurance CEO. Born in the Ivory Coast, a former French colony, and schooled in Morocco, Thiam started his career working for McKinsey in France. He returned to the Ivory Coast, spending five years working for the nation's development department before the government was deposed in a military coup in December 1999. He escaped unhurt after being placed under house arrest.

2002- Sep 19, 2002 - On 19 September 2002, Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) erupted into civil war. Two separate rebel factions fought each other and the government for control of the African nation, which produces about 43% of the world's cocoa. Both the Popular Ivorian Movement ...On 19 September 2002, Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) erupted into civil war. Two separate rebel factions fought each other and the government for control of the African nation, which produces about 43% of the world's cocoa. Both the Popular Ivorian Movement for the Far West (MPIGO) and the Ivory Coast Patriotic Movement (MPCI) attempted to overthrow President Laurent Gbagbo, taking control of the largely Muslim northern part of the country.

2004-Nov 2004 - In November 2004, French and African TV audiences witnessed French soldiers shooting at black demonstrators in Abidjan, Ivory Coast's capital city. There was also footage of French citizens, some of whom had been living in the country for decades, being run ...In November 2004, French and African TV audiences witnessed French soldiers shooting at black demonstrators in Abidjan, Ivory Coast's capital city. There was also footage of French citizens, some of whom had been living in the country for decades, being run through the city's streets. The violence was the culmination of a series of military and diplomatic incidents that France was unable to control despite its extensive engagement in the country.

2006-Aug 2006 - Toxic waste sickened thousands in the Ivory Coast capital, Abidjan, in August 2006, though Trafigura insists the waste from the Probo Koala couldn't have caused serious illness. Presiding Judge Frans Bauduin said Trafigura chose to dump the waste cheaply in ...Toxic waste sickened thousands in the Ivory Coast capital, Abidjan, in August 2006, though Trafigurainsists the waste from the Probo Koalacouldn't have caused serious illness. Presiding Judge Frans Bauduin said Trafigura chose to dump the waste cheaply in Ivory Coast "for commercial reasons." The company employed by Trafigura in Abidjan charged $35 per ton of waste, while in Amsterdam it would have cost €750 per ton, the court said.

2009- Nov 5Reuters A row over voter eligibility could further delay Ivory Coast's election by several months and may deepen a political crisis by playing into the hands of hardliners on all sides analysts and diplomats warned.

2010- Mar 9, 2010 - 15-17th centuries - Ewe clans from Nigeria and the Ane from Ghana and Ivory Coast settle in region already occupied by Kwa and Voltaic peoples. 1884 - German protectorate of Togoland established, forced labour used to develop plantations
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