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Yamoussoukro

Administration
Full nameYamoussoukro
Official nameYamoussoukro
CountryCôte d'Ivoire
RegionLacs
DepartmentYamoussoukro
Government
Governor Augustin Abdoulaye Thiam HouphouëtAugustin Abdoulaye Thiam Houphouët
Geography
Total Area1350 sq mi (3496.5 km2)
Demography
Total Population200659 (2005)
Density (pop.)148.5/km2 (384.6/sq mi)
Other information
Time zoneUTC (UTC)

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The District of Yamoussoukro c-enˌjɑːməˈsuːkroʊ is the official political capital and administrative capital city of Côte d'Ivoire, while the economic capital of the country is Abidjan. As of 2010, it was estimated to have 242,744 inhabitants. and located 240 km north-west of Abidjan, the administrative center on the coast, upon rolling hills and plains, the municipality covers 3500 sqkm and is coterminous with the department of the same name. The department and municipality are split into four sub-prefectures: Attiégouakro, Didiévi, Tié-diékro and the Commune of Yamoussoukro. In total, the district contains 169 settlements.

In 1998, the city had about 155,803 inhabitants. It is the fourth most populous city in Côte d'Ivoire, after Abidjan, Bouaké, and Daloa.

The current governor of the district is N'Dri Koffi Apollinaire.

Yamoussoukro is actually pronounced "Yam-So-Kro" by all Ivorians, which is the correct way to pronounce it. Sometimes it's possible to hear "Ya-Mu-So-Kro" but in any case, the second "U" is silent.


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