Cote D'Ivoire is in Western Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Ghana and Liberia. The climate is tropical along the coast and semi arid in the far north. The official language is French. It is also used as the main language in business. English is not widely spoken or understood. The main religions are Islam, Christianity and indigenous beliefs. The Ivorian economy is largely market based and depends heavily on the agricultural sector. Almost 70% of the Ivorian people are engaged in some form of agricultural activity. Ivorian's are generally well-educated and proud, however there are tensions linked to nationality and citizenship. Expatriate African visitors may encounter some hostility linked to popular resentment at the large number of expatriate Africans in the country. Business culture is influenced by French traditions. Although the official language is French, English is widely spoken in business. Expatriate business dress is formal. Business culture is also mostly formal, hierarchical and often chauvinistic, although women are well-represented in business. Age commands great respect and senior Ivorian executives would generally expect to deal with older male executives. The security risk for expatriates in Cote d'Ivoire is high, but extreme in the Western border region. Risks include a general lack of state security, mercenaries, gunmen opposed to the state, and violence fuelled by ethnic or social tensions. The currency of Cote d'Ivoire is the West African CFA franc (XOF). Medical facilities are generally acceptable but limited and expensive in Abidjan. Medical facilities outside major towns are generally basic. Serious or complex medical treatment may require evacuation which can be expensive. The population of Cote D'Ivoire is 22.7 Million (2017 est.), while the inflation rate is 0.4% (Nov 2017).
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in In Cote D'Ivoire, the cost of each basket, based on local prices, compared to the international average, is categorized follows (Exact cost of living percentages only available in personalised reports): Cote D'Ivoire as at 1 January 2018 is low in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Very Low 2) Clothing: Average 3) Communication: Average 4) Education: Very High 5) Furniture & Appliances: High 6) Groceries: Low 7) Healthcare: Average 8) Household Accommodation: Very Low 9) Miscellaneous: Very High 10) Personal Care: Very High 11) Recreation & Culture: Very High 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Low 13) Transport: Low Cote D'Ivoire is for example -17.1% cheaper than USA for groceries, -41.1% cheaper for household costs than UK, and 61.7% more expensive for transport costs than India. The hardship premium for Cote D'Ivoire for an expat from Australia, is for example 30%, i.e. host location (Cote D'Ivoire) premium of 40% minus home (Australia) location premium of 10%. Cote D'Ivoire is ranked as a extreme hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship (quality of living) or expat salary in Cote D'Ivoire? Register subscribe to your home location and Cote D'Ivoire and run your personalised reports.