Facts & Figures

Country: Republic of Ivory Coast; Republique de Côte d'Ivoire

Population: 21.6 million (UN, 2010 estimate)

Capital: Yamoussoukro (official); Abidjan (commercial & administrative)

Area: 322,462 sq km (124,503 sq miles)

Main languages: French, local languages

Main religions: Islam, Christianity, indigenous beliefs

Life expectancy: 50 (WHO, 2009)

Literacy rate: Adult [15+] 55%, Youth [15-24] 67% (UNESCO, 2009)

Urban population (% of total): 49% (UN, 2009)

Population under 18 years: 9.95 million (UN, 2009)

Child mortality: 118 children in every 1,000 likely to die before 5 years (WHO, 2009)

Child nutrition: 17% of children below 5 years underweight (WHO, 2000-2009)

Number of children (0-17) who have lost one/both parents: 1.1 million (UNICEF, 2009)