Located in West Africa in the Golf of Guinea, Cote d'Ivoire extends on a surface of 322.463 km2 and includes a coastal strip covered by a tropical forest. Further, inside the lands, the country rises gradually towards a vegetation of savanna at an average altitude of 300m.
The Mount Nimba (1,788m), located on the western border with Guinea and Liberia, is the highest point. Four large rivers, namely Cavally, Sassandra, Bandama and Comoe, drain the country from north to the Atlantic Ocean. The climate is tropical, with precipitations which vary between 1200 mm in north and 2500 mm in the south. The raining season extends from May to October with a maximum of precipitations in May-June and October.
Cote d'Ivoire counts a little more than 15 million inhabitants. Many immigrants, resulting mainly from nearest countries, constitute 26% of the population. More than 40% of the population is urban and the literacy rate is estimated at approximately 40%.
The economic capital is Abidjan (3 million inhabitants), located in the south in border by the sea. Yamoussoukro, in the central area of the country, is the political and administrative capital, although the majority of the administrations, embassies and organizations international are still located in Abidjan.