Ivory Coast Population, Main Cities and Geography

By | January 27, 2023

Ivory Coast: population and cities



According to Countryaah website, the Ivory Coast (Côte d’Ivoire) has about 26 million residents.

Ethnic composition

The population of Côte d’Ivoire (Ivorians) is made up of around 60 ethnic groups. These are about 23% Baoulé, 13% Bété, 15% Senufo, 14% Agni-Ashanti, 11% Malinké, 10% Kru, and also Mande, Dan Gouro, Koua, Fulbe, Dioula, Wê and Yacouba. Around a quarter of the total population are immigrants from neighboring countries, mainly from Burkina Faso and Mali.

Religious affiliation

About 40% of the country’s residents are Muslims, 30% are Christians and 30% are followers of natural religions.

National language

The official language of Côte d’Ivoire is French. The colloquial languages used include Attie, Agni, Baoulé, Bété, Diula, Senoufo and Yacouba.

Capital, other cities

The capital of Côte d’Ivoire is Yamoussoukro with a population of around 800,000, but the seat of government is in Abidjan with around 4.5 million residents. According to Abbreviation Finder, CIV stands for Ivory Coast in English. Click to see other meanings of this 3-letter acronym.

Other cities are:

  • Bouaké with around 570,000 residents,
  • Daloa with around 220,000 residents,
  • Korhogo with around 200,000 residents.

Ivory Coast: geography, country mark

The Ivory Coast (Côte d’Ivoire) covers a total area of 322,463 km². Check topmbadirectory for politics, flags, famous people, animals and plants of Ivory Coast. Thereof:

  • ForestAround 16% of the country is forested.
  • Meadow and pasture landAround 41% of the land is used as meadow or pasture land
  • Fields and fieldsAround 24% of the land is used as arable land or fields, especially for growing cocoa, coffee, pineapple and cotton.
  • SavannahAbout 17% of the country is savannah.

The Côte d’Ivoire has a common border with a total of five countries. These are the borders with:

– Burkina Faso with a length of 584 km

– Ghana with a length of 668 km

– Guinea with a length of 610 km

– Liberia with a length of 716 km

– Mali with a length of 532 km

Coastline length

The Ivory Coast borders on the Gulf of Guinea, part of the Atlantic Ocean, in the south of the country for a length of approx. 515 km.

Longitude and latitude

The Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) extends over the following geographical latitude (abbreviation Δφ) and geographical longitude (abbreviation Δλ):

Δφ = from around 05 ° to 11 ° north latitude Δλ = from around 003 ° to 008 ° east longitude

You can find detailed information on this subject under Longitude and Latitude.


For Côte d’Ivoire, the following value applies to Central European Time (CET), i.e. the time (without summer time) in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. A minus sign means that it is earlier there, a plus sign that it is later than CET:

Δt (CET) = – 1 h

Further and detailed explanations of the time can be found under Time zones, time.

The highest point of the sun in Yamoussoukro

Yamoussoukro lies at a northern latitude of around φ = 06.5 ° (06 ° 30 ‘).

If the declination of the sun has the value 06 ° 30 ‘south and the image point of the sun is exactly above the city, the sun is there vertically above the city. This happens twice a year, roughly 25 days after March 21st and 25 days before September 21st (for details see position of the sun).


If the image point of the sun and thus the declination is north of the latitude of Yamoussoukro, the sun is not in the south at noon, as in our latitudes, but in the north. In this case, the sun moves from east to north to west, where, like us, it sets.


The highest mountain in the country is the Nimba with a height of 1,752 m. Other high mountains are:

  • Toura with a height of 1,278 m
  • Tonkoui with a height of 1,218 m


The longest river in the country is the Bandama with a length of around 950 km. Other rivers in the country are:

  • Comoé with a length of around 900 km
  • Bundama with a length of around 900 km
  • Sassandra with a length of around 650 km
  • Cavally with a length of around 500 km
  • as well as Nzi, Kornoé and Léraba.


Lac de Kossou

The largest lake in the country is the Lac de Kossou (Kossoustausee), an approx. 1,900 km² reservoir located in the middle of the country on the 950 km long Bandama. The dam was built from 1969 to 1972 near Kossou north of Yamoussoukro.

Lac de Buyo

The Lac de Buyo is an artificial lake in the western Côte d’Ivoire on the Sassandra, which was created in 1980 when the Buyo dam was built near Buyo. The dam was built from 1975 to 1979. The dead tree stumps sticking out of the water are striking.

Lac d’Ayamé

Lac Ayamé is an artificial lake on the Bia River in Ayamé, a town in the south-east of the country with around 15,000 residents.

The reservoir covers an area of approx.

Lac Taabo

The Lac Taabo is a dam near the 140,000 residents city of the same.

Depending on the water level, the reservoir covers an area of approx. 69 km² – with a volume of 630 million m³ = 0.63 km³.

Gulf of Guinea, Atlantic

As already mentioned, the Ivory Coast borders in the south on the Gulf of Guinea, part of the Atlantic Ocean.

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