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Abidjan is the economic capital of Ivory Coast and the most populous French-speaking city in West Africa. According to the 2014 Ivory Coast census, Abidjan's population was 4.7 million, which is 20 percent of the overall population of the country. Within West Africa, only Lagos, the former capital of Nigeria, surpasses Abidjan in population. Considered the cultural crossroads of West Africa, Abidjan is characterised by a high level of industrialisation and urbanisation. The city expanded quickly after the construction of a new wharf in 1931, followed by its designation as the capital city of the then-French colony in 1933. Abidjan remained the capital of Ivory Coast after its independence from France in 1960. The completion of the Vridi Canal in 1951 enabled Abidjan to become an important sea port. In 1983, the city of Yamoussoukro was designated as the official political capital of Cote d'Ivoire. However, almost all political institutions and foreign embassies continue to be located in Abidjan. Because Abidjan is also the largest city in the country and the centre of its economic activity, it has officially been designated as the "economic capital" of the country. The Abidjan Autonomous District, which encompasses the city and some of its suburbs, is one of the 14 districts of Ivory Coast.

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Facts and Stats for Abidjan*

  • Pollution Statistics in Abidjan

    Know the pollution level of Abidjan before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 89.29 (Very High)
    • Water Pollution 70.83 (High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 79.17 (High)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 71.43 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 53.57 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 60.71 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 83.33 (Very High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 58.33 (Moderate)
  • Abidjan: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Abidjan for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Abidjan.

    • Burglary and Theft 37.5 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 50 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 68.75 (High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 75 (High)
    • Car Stealing 37.5 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 43.75 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 50 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 25 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 43.75 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during night 6.25 (Very Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 43.75 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 56.25 (Moderate)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 50 (Moderate)
  • Living in Abidjan - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 48.9 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 65.12 (High)
    • Pollution Index 90.35 (Very High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 46 (High)
    • Health Care Index 34.26 (Low)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 18.55 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Abidjan

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Abidjan

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.18 USD
    • International Movie per seat 8.9 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 71.21 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 96.14 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 93.47 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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