Moving to Ivory Coast



Ivory Coast, officially known as the Republic of Côte d\'Ivoire, is a country located in West Africa. Consisting mainly of flat landscape with a handful of mountain ranges, the Ivory Coast has an amazing climate during the winter time. It holds the position of the world’s largest cocoa producer and third largest coffee producer. These two products alone represent more than half of the income of the country’s export. The Foreign investment holds a prominent position in the Ivoirian economy and accounts for between 40% and 45% of total capital in Ivoirian firms.

The Ivory Coast is an English name for Cote d'Ivoire, an African country of around 20 million people on the Atlantic coast. The official language is French, and in 1985 the Cote d'Ivoire government requested the world to use the French name Cote d'Ivoire in every other language, instead of the translation meaning 'Ivory Coast'. Despite this claim, many English speakers and media today still continue to refer to it as 'Ivory Coast', while others have adopted the term Cote d'Ivoire as the English name. 

There were several independent African kingdoms located in Cote d'Ivoire in pre-colonial times. The French presence in the region was militarily extended from a couple of coastal outposts in 1843, to claim gradually total authority over the interior parts of the region by the year 1915. It was given independence in the year 1960, and soon grew to be the world's leading supplier of Cocoa and pineapples.

Coffee is the other major export produced in Cote d'Ivoire. There have been several military coups, and intermittent civil war has been raging in Cote d'Ivoire since the year 2002. Large parts of the country were controlled by rebel groups rather than the Ivoirian government. The tension was mainly divided between the mostly Muslim north and the Christian south. In the year 2011, the northern rebels finally gained the upper hand and took over the entire nation of Cote d'Ivoire. While the government is technically an elected parliamentary democracy, the recent strife, often centred around election disputes, has meant that military power often plays a crucial role in decision making in Cote d'Ivoire There are more non-African foreigners living in Cote d'Ivoire than other nations in the region, largely from France, Spain, Vietnam, and Lebanon, but many Europeans have had to leave on account of the recent warfare and violence.

Common elements of Ivoirian cuisine include cassava, plantain, peanut, onion, fish, and chicken. Each of the major tribes and ethnicities of Cote d'Ivoire has its styles of music and other cultural customs. Some of the major musical styles are called zoblazo, zig lib thy, zo ug Lou, and coupe decale. The reggae singer Alpha Blondy is one of the most famous singers from Ivory Coast. One of the largest ethnic groups in Cote d'Ivoire is the Akan, who are also a major group in the neighbouring country of Ghana. The most popular sports in Cote d'Ivoire are soccer football and rugby. The official currency of Cote d'Ivoire is the CFA Franc, which is currently shared with 13 other African countries.



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