Cote d'Ivoire is located in West Africa bordering on Liberia, Mali, Burkina Faso, and Ghana. The current population is about 6.7 million. Its official language is French even thought there are a number of local languages. The primary religions include Islam, Christianity, and some native religions. It is a republic that is ruled by a president. In its past it was a French colony but became an independent republic in 1960. It has 19 regions and its capital is Yamoussoukro.
They primarily produce coffee and cocoa. They had an economic boom during the 1960s and 1970s. Their current economy is market based with agriculture as is largest producer.
It has experienced some political turmoil in its recent past and includes a coup d' etat and civil war. The civil war is on-going and it can be dangerous for Europeans. Today, human rights organizations have exposed child slavery in the cocoa industry as well as problems with how enemy prisoners are treated.
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