13th EUMETSAT User Forum in Africa
24-28 September 2018
Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

COUNTRY Information

  Republic of Ivory Coast covers an area of 322 463 km² (318 003 km² of land and 4 460 km² water). According of the World Bank estimation, Ivory Coast has a population of 20,81 millions inhabitants.
 Capital: Political capital is Yamoussoukro, and its economic capital and largest city is the port city of Abidjan.
 Languages: French (the official language), is taught in schools and serves as a lingua franca in the country. An estimated 65 languages are spoken in Ivory Coast. One of the most common is the Dyula language, which acts as a trade language.          
Time zone:  GMT (UCT+0)
 Internet TLD:  .ci
 Calling code:  +225

CLIMATE

The climate of Ivory Coast is generally warm and humid, ranging from equatorial in the southern coasts to tropical in the middle and semiarid in the far north.

Currency and Exchange

The currency of Ivory Coast is franc C.F.A. "XOF" (C.F.A -Communauté Financière Africaine). The FCFA has a fixed exchange rate to the EURO:

1 EUR = 655,957 XOF

Tip: a small trick to ease the exchange calculation FCFA to EURO: remove three zeros and add half. 
For example: 12 000 FCFA => 12 + 6 = 18 €

To check the exchange rate of other currencies please go to the website http://www.xe.com/

Immunisation and Health

Yellow fever:

Yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from all travellers. Immigration officials will check this at the airport. 

Malaria:

Risk of Malaria is very high throughout the whole of Ivory Coast.
Please click HERE to see a malaria map of the Ivory Coast.

Other recommended vaccinations:

Hepatitis A and B, diphteria, tetanus, typhoid

Mobile phone services

Many mobile operators are offering prepaid SIM cards including calls, SMS and mobile internet connection.  Different packages are available. Prepaid cards are sold by authorized distributors, and are also available in shopping centres.

EMERGENCY NUMBERS

Ambulance - 185
Police - 110 or 111 or 170

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