CÔTE D'IVOIRE

5 Things You Likely Didn't Know About 

How much do you know about the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire? The West African nation is much more than just the native land of soccer star Didier Drogba.

It is also home to over 60 ethnic groups and has 78 different languages that are spoken.

With the Atlantic Ocean on its southern coast, Côte d’Ivoire borders Liberia and Guinea to the west, Mali and Burkina Faso to the north, and Ghana to the east. 

Here are five interesting facts you may not have known about Côte d’Ivoire.

In the late 1980s, Côte d’Ivoire had become the world’s leading cocoa bean producer. Today, they supply 33% of the world’s cocoa beans.

Cote d'Ivoire's is the World's Top Supplier of Cocoa Beans

The Basilica of Our Lady of Peace is the largest church building in the world. It spans an impressive 323,000 square feet and can accommodate up to 18,000 worshipers.

Home to the World's Largest Church

Côte d’Ivoire’s begins with orange while Ireland’s begins with green & has a ratio of 2:1, it is longer than usual, while Côte’s has a ratio of 2:3.

The Flag of Cote d'Ivoire vs the Flag of Ireland

Comoé National Park is the largest in West Africa; Grand Bassam, a historic town; Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve & Tai National Park.

There are Four UNESCO Heritage Sites Within Cote d'Ivoire

Abla Pokou broke away from the main group due to disagreements that led to war. She became the queen of her own group, which became the Baoule people.

Cote d'Ivoire was Founded by Queen Abla Pokou

There is a legend that says Queen Pokou offered her son as a sacrificed to the Comoé River so that her people would be able to cross it.