Home to the world’s highest domed church, Yamoussoukro serves as the capital city for Ivory Coast–a West African country officially named the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire.
Although Yamoussoukro is the national capital from political and administrative perspectives, the port of Abidjan is Ivory Coast’s biggest city and economic engine. Many people consider Abidjan to be Ivory Coast’s real seat of government.
Ivory Coast’s exports totaled US$10.4 billion around the globe in 2016. Its highest-value exported products are cocoa beans, processed petroleum oil, gold and cashew nuts according to the International Trade Centre.
Capital Facts for Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, Presidential Palace, Grand Mosque and the Abokouamekro Game Reserve
Below, you will find a sampling for the most famous people born in Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast:
- Félix Houphouët-Boigny, first president (born Oct. 18, 1905)
- Cheick Tioté, soccer player/footballer (born Jun. 21, 1986)
- Narcisse Bonan, soccer player/footballer (born Aug. 3, 1984)
- Kouadio Pascal Doubaï, soccer player/footballer (born May 22, 1992)
- Arthur Gnohéré, soccer player/footballer (born Nov. 20, 1978)
- Bássalia Sakañokó, soccer player/footballer (born Jun. 3, 1989)
- Aboubakar Bakayoko, soccer player/footballer (born Oct. 14, 1992)
- Seydou Doumbia, soccer player/footballer (born Dec. 31, 1987)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches mostly targeting published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a resident of Ivory Coast: Ivorian
Population: 259,000 (Yamoussoukro City)
Population: 355,573 (Yamoussoukro District)
Density: 263 people per square mile (102 per square kilometer)
Population: 23,740,424 (Ivory Coast)
Density: 191 people per square mile (74 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$87.12 billion in 2016 (for Ivory Coast, per CIA World Factbook)
GDP per person: $3,600
Note: The above country-level GDP metrics are on a Purchasing Power Parity basis and are in U.S. dollars. Credible city GDP statistics for Yamoussoukro were unavailable.
Official currency used in Yamoussoukro: West African CFA franc
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on January 18, 2017
Demographia, World Urban Area, 12th Annual Edition. Accessed on January 18, 2017
International Trade Centre, Trade Map. Accessed on January 18, 2017
Official Government Website, Official Portal of the Government of Ivory Coast. Accessed on January 18, 2017
The World Factbook, Africa: Cote d’Ivoire, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on January 18, 2017
The World Factbook, Field Listing: Major Urban Areas – Population, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on January 18, 2017
Wikimedia Commons, City Flags. Accessed on January 18, 2017
Note: Some city flags were unavailable. If so, attribution belongs to Wikimedia Commons for pertinent country flags.
Wikipedia, Yamoussoukro. Accessed on January 18, 2017
Wikipedia, Ivory Coast. Accessed on January 18, 2017
Wikipedia, List of tallest church buildings. Accessed on January 18, 2017
Within city limits, Yamoussoukro had an estimated population of 259,000 residents in 2014. Yet most analysts focus on the autonomous Yamoussoukro district with its larger population of 355,573 people living over a land area measuring 1,350 square miles (3,496 square kilometers).
Ivory Coast covers 124,504 square miles (322,463 square kilometers) in land territory. The country’s population count was 23.7 million Ivorians as of July 2016.
Population density is slightly higher within Yamoussoukro District with an average 263 inhabitants per square mile (102 per square kilometer).
For Ivory Coast overall, population density lowers to an average 191 people per square mile (74 per square kilometer).
Ivory Coast won its independence from France on August 7, 1960. Fittingly named Ivory Coast’s Independence Day, each August 7 is celebrated as a national holiday.