Capital: Yamoussoukro

Population: 21,541,792 (estimated in 2015)

Currency: West African CFA Franc (XOF)

Official Language: French

Unofficial Languages: other native dialects

Main Religions: Islam, Christianity

Ethnic Groups: Akan, Northern Mande, Voltaique/Gur, Krou, Southern Mande, and others

Largest Cities: Abidjan, Abobo, Bouaké, Daloa

Main Sport: Football

Political System: Republic; Multiparty Presidential Regime est. in 1960

National Holidays (2016):

New Year’s Day (January 1) 

Easter Monday (March 28)

Labour Day (May 1)

Lailat al Miraj (Night of Ascension) (May 5)

Ascension Day (May 5)

Whit Monday (May 16)

Lailat al Qadr (Night of Power) (July 2)

Korité (End of Ramadan) (July 7)

Independence Day (August 7)

Assumption of Mary (August 15)

Tabaski (Feast of Sacrifice) (September 13)

All Saints’ Day (November 1)

National Peace Day (November 15)

Milad un Nabi (Birth of the Prophet Muhammad) (December 12)

Christmas Day (December 25)