Côte d’Ivoire is a West African country with beach resorts, rainforests and a French-colonial legacy. Abidjan, on the Atlantic coast, is the country’s major urban center. Its modern landmarks include ziggurat-like, concrete La Pyramide and St. Paul’s Cathedral, a swooping structure tethered to a massive cross. North of the central business district, Banco National Park is a rainforest preserve with hiking trails.
Dialing code: +225
Currency: West African CFA franc
President: Alassane Ouattara
Prime minister: Daniel Kablan Duncan
Population: 20.32 million (2013) World Bank