French is used in schools and business and is spoken more frequently by men than by women.Arabic is taught in Quranic schools, which are most common in the north, and is spoken by immigrants from Lebanon and Syria. The most prominent symbol of Côte d'Ivoire is its national emblem, which depicts a shield displaying the profile of an elephant's head, surrounded by two palm trees, with the rising sun above the head and a banner bearing the words République de Côte d'Ivoire beneath it.Between the fourteenth and eighteenth centuries, as kingdoms rose and fell, many ethnic groups moved in and settled permanently in the region.France made its initial contact with Côte d'Ivoire in 1637, and in the eighteenth century the country was invaded by two related groups: the Anyi and the Baoule."And for anyone who knows our tradition it will be clear that these crown jewels have tremendous value." "As hosts for His Majesty, we are terribly sorry about this," Eivind Fjeldstad, leader of the Norwegian-African Business Association, told VG Nett.Inspector Marius Erlandssen in charge of the investigation, told AFP: “On Wednesday around 1pm, a suitcase belonging to the king of Ghana was stolen in the lobby of a hotel.The official capital is Yamoussoukro; Abidjan is the administrative capital.The country's three largest population centers are Abidjan (2.6 million), Daloa (1 million), and Man (957,706), and almost one-half of the country's population is concentrated in the urban cities of Abidjan and Bouaké. The current population estimate is approximately 16 million.
Agni and Baoule, both Kwa languages, are the most widely spoken languages in the south.The largest Akan populations in Côte d'Ivoire are the farming communities of the Baoule and the Agni.Smaller groups live in the southeastern lagoon region, where contact and intermarriage between the Akan and other groups have resulted in a multicultural lifestyle.The country changed its name to Côte d'Ivoire in 1985; its official name is the République de Côte d'Ivoire —a reflection of French control of the country from 1843 until independence.Today, the nation's rich economy lies in juxtaposition to its turbulent political climate.