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Population: 23.7 million

Language: French; 60 native dialects

Religion: 42.9% Muslim; 33.9% Christian; 19.1% none; 3.6% animist; 0.5% other


Côte d'Ivoire

Côte d'Ivoire is a small country the size of New Mexico located in West Africa. While 90% of children enroll in the first grade of primary school, only 64% will complete their primary education. Even fewer students enroll in secondary school (44%) and tertiary school (9%), with less than 3% of the population attaining the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree.

Religiously, Native Ivoirians are 39.1% Christian and 33.7% Muslim, with most of the remaining native population professing no religion. However, due to a large migrant worker population, the overall population of Côte d'Ivoire is 42.9% Muslim, 33.9% Christian, and 19.1% non-religious. Religious tolerance is part of Côte d'Ivoire’s constitution, and differing religious communities generally coexist in peace. Christianity is traditionally associated with the southern part of the country, and Islam with the northern part. Côte d'Ivoire is home to the largest church building in the world – the Basilica of Our Lady of Peace in Yamoussoukro.

Young Life was first established in Côte d'Ivoire in 2012.

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