YAMOUSSOUKRO

Introduction

Info Yamoussoukro


introduction

Yamoussoukro is the capital of Côte d'Ivoire and is perhaps the single most bizarre modern city on Earth. It is a large grid of paved streets and lights with almost nothing at all in between them. It would seem that former President Felix Houphouet-Boigny's dream that his home town would become a busy capital city never came to fruition. Nevertheless "Yam" is worth a visit.

As of the 2014 preliminary census, the district had a population of 355,573 inhabitants. Located 240 kilometers (150 mi) north-west of Abidjan, the administrative centre on the coast, upon rolling hills and plains, the municipality covers 3,500 square kilometers (1,400 sq mi).


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POPULATION : City: 281,735  /  Metro: 355,573
FOUNDED : 
TIME ZONE :
LANGUAGE : French (official), 60 native dialects
RELIGION : Muslim 38.6%, Christian 32.8%, indigenous 11.9%, none 16.7%
AREA : 3,500 km2 (1,350 sq mi)
ELEVATION :
COORDINATES : 6°49′N 5°17′W
SEX RATIO : Male: 50.97% 
 Female: 49.03%
ETHNIC : Akan 42.1%, Voltaiques or Gur 17.6%, Northern Mandes 16.5%, Krous 11%, Southern Mandes 10%, other 2.8%
AREA CODE : 30
POSTAL CODE :
DIALING CODE : +225 30
WEBSITE : official website


Tourism

Yamoussoukro is the site of what is claimed to be the largest Christian place of worship. The Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, consecrated by Pope John Paul II on 10 September 1990.


History

Stone tools found in the country from hundreds of thousands of years ago show that the area around Yamoussoukro has been occupied since ancient times. Due to the desertification of the Sahara, many North Africans moved south for the better climate.

Queen Yamousso, the niece of Kouass N'Go, ran the city of N'Gokro in 1929 at the time of French colonization. The village then comprised 429 inhabitants, and was one of 134 Akoué cities.

After 1964, the President Félix Houphouët-Boigny made ambitious plans and started to build. One day in 1965, later called the Great Lesson of Yamoussoukro, he visited the plantations with the leaders of the county, inviting them to transpose to their own villages the efforts and agricultural achievements of the region. On 21 July 1977, Houphouët offered his plantations to the State.

In March 1983, President Houphouët-Boigny made Yamoussoukro the political and administrative capital of Ivory Coast, as the city was his birthplace. This marked the fourth movement of the country's capital city in a century. Ivory Coast's previous capital cities were Grand-Bassam (1893), Bingerville (1900), and Abidjan (1933). The majority of economic activity still takes place in Abidjan, and it is officially designated as the "economic capital" of the country.


Climate

Yamoussoukro has a tropical wet and dry climate.

Climate data for Yamoussoukro

MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Average high °C (°F)31.5
(88.7)
33.5
(92.3)
33.5
(92.3)
32.9
(91.2)
31.7
(89.1)
30.1
(86.2)
28.6
(83.5)
28.5
(83.3)
29.3
(84.7)
30.1
(86.2)
30.7
(87.3)
30.1
(86.2)
30.88
(87.58)
Daily mean °C (°F)25.2
(77.4)
27.3
(81.1)
27.6
(81.7)
27.3
(81.1)
26.5
(79.7)
25.6
(78.1)
24.5
(76.1)
24.5
(76.1)
24.8
(76.6)
25.2
(77.4)
25
(77)
24.5
(76.1)
25.67
(78.2)
Average low °C (°F)18.9
(66)
21.2
(70.2)
21.8
(71.2)
21.8
(71.2)
21.3
(70.3)
21.1
(70)
20.4
(68.7)
20.6
(69.1)
20.4
(68.7)
20.4
(68.7)
20.3
(68.5)
19
(66)
20.6
(69.05)
              
Source: Climate-Data.org, altitude: 236m

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