Côte d'Ivoire (French kot divwar)
- a republic in West Africa, on the Gulf of Guinea: Portuguese trading for ivory and
slaves began in the 16th century; made a French protectorate in 1842 and became independent
in 1960; major producer of coffee and cocoa. Official language: French. Religion:
Muslim majority, with animist, atheist, and Roman Catholic minorities. Currency: franc.
Capital: Yamoussoukro (administrative); Abidjan (legislative). Pop: 22 400 835 (2013
est). Area: 319 820 sq km (123 483 sq miles) Former name (until 1986): the Ivory Coast