Côte d'Ivoire Allison bass

Location

Côte d'Ivoire is in Africa, in the Northern and Western Hemispheres.

The bordering countries/oceans are Liberia, Guinea, Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana, and The Atlantic Ocean.
The capital city of Côte d'Ivoire is Yamoussoukro, though some websites may say that it is Abidjan. Yamoussoukro is found at the coordinates of 6°N, 5°W.

Physical Characteristics

Côte d'Ivoire is in the tropical zone, between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn.

A few physical features of Cote d'Ivoire are Lac de Kossou, the Nzi River, and he Bandama River. Lac de Kossou is an artificial lake created in 1973 by damming the Bandama river at Kossou, the dam is also called the Kossou Dam. The Nzi River is a tributary of the Bandama River, on September 6, 2016 a railway bridge collapsed over this river near Dimbokro. The Bandama River the longest river in the country at 800 something km, it's fed by the Marahoue, Solomougou, Kan, and Nzi rivers, it flows through Lac de Kossou, it's adjacent to the capital city of Yamoussokro.

Population

The total population of my country is 21.5 million people, world rank 56, and the amount of people is about average.

Population density is how many people there are per square km or mile. In Cote d'Ivoire, there are 175 people per square mile, which is about average. The world rank is 142.

Cote d'Ivoire is growing 2 times as fast as the entire world, and the fertility rate is 5 births per woman.

The 5 largest cities in Cote d'Ivoire are Abidjan, Bouake, Daola, San-Pedro, and Yamoussoukro.

Cote d'Ivoire is slightly more urban then rural.

Cote d'Ivoire's net migration rate is zero, this means that an even amount of people are entering and leaving this country.

Economics

I believe Cote d’Ivoire is a developing country.I believe this because the life expectancy is 58.01 years. 58.01 years is a short time, and if it’s a short time this could mean that they aren’t developed enough to produce good medication. I believe this also because the literacy rate is 56.9%. If the literacy rate is 56.9% this is a very small amount of people, so this suggests that the country is not developed enough to have a lot of schools. I also believe this because their GDP per capita is $1,800. This suggests that people do not make very much money and therefore could not be a developing country. It is for these reasons that I believe that Cote d’Ivoire is a developing country.

Culture

The official language of Cote d'Ivoire is French, but there are over 60 native languages of which Dioula is the most widely spoken.

The main religions in Cote d'Ivoire are Christianity and Muslim.

The culture has remained split, rather more completely than in other African countries, between a maze of ethnic-based cultures and a foreign intrusion that is almost exclusively French. Traditional arts flourish.

The Senufo carve masks, decorate doors with esoteric symbols, and dance to the slow, majestic rhythms of drums supported by xylophones. The mountaineers of the Man forest wear masks showing horrifying faces, and they dance to a pace governed by the sound of drums and led by stilt-walkers. Versatile Baule artists make fine gold jewelry and wooden sculptures.

Food and cuisine

Tubers, grains, pig, chicken, seafood, fish, fresh fruits, vegetables and spices are major parts of Ivorian Cuisine. It is very similar to that of neighboring countries in west Africa. Common staple foods include grains and tubers. Côte d'Ivoire is one of the largest cocoa producers in the world and also produces palm oil and coffee.

Cassava and plantains are significant parts of Ivorian cuisine. A corn paste called "aitiu" is used to prepare corn balls, and peanuts are widely used in dishes. Bangui is a local palm wine.

Ivorians have a kind of small, open-air restaurant called a maquis, which is unique to Côte d'Ivoire. Maquis normally feature braised chicken and fish served with onions and tomatoes, attiéké or kedjenou.

A common street-vended food is alloco, which is ripe plantain banana fried in palm oil, spiced with a spicy sauce made of onions and chili. It can be eaten alone as a snack or often with a hard-boiled egg, as well as a side dish.

Grilled fish and grilled chicken are the most popular non-vegetarian foods. Lean, low-fat Guinea fowl, which is popular in the region, is commonly referred as poulet bicyclette. Seafood includes tuna, sardines, shrimp and bonito.

Works Cited

Britannica School. Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc. Web. May 2016. http://school.eb.com

Geography Alive!: Regions and People. Palto Alto, CA: Teacher's Curriculum Institute, 2006. Print.

Opicury Software. World Atlas - The Wold HD (with Retina Maps). Version 3.6. Computer Software. https://itunes.apple.com

Wolfram Group LLC. Wolfram Geography Course Assistant. Version 1.2. Computer Software. https://itunes.apple.com

Credits:

Created with images by abdallahh - "BBQ de la fraternité - Cinquantenaire de la Côte d'Ivoire" • Erik Cleves Kristensen - "Me at the Basilica" • DFID - UK Department for International Development - "Displaced Ivorians queue for food at a UNHCR distribution site in Liberia" • DFID - UK Department for International Development - "Children pictured at a UNCHR food distribution point in Liberia" • Calua - "book page open book" • geralt - "cross sunset sunrise"

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