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Cote d'Ivoire People

    Population: 15,818,068 (July 1999 est.)

    Age structure:
    0-14 years: 47% (male 3,702,051; female 3,664,672)
    15-64 years: 51% (male 4,154,440; female 3,952,999)
    65 years and over: 2% (male 174,065; female 169,841) (1999 est.)

    Population growth rate: 2.35% (1999 est.)

    Birth rate: 41.76 births/1,000 population (1999 est.)

    Death rate: 16.17 deaths/1,000 population (1999 est.)

    Net migration rate: -2.08 migrant(s)/1,000 population (1999 est.)
    note: after Liberia's civil war started in 1990, more than 350,000 refugees fled to Cote d'Ivoire and, by September 1998, according to the UNHCR, about 85,000 remain

    Sex ratio:
    at birth: 1.03 male(s)/female
    under 15 years: 1.01 male(s)/female
    15-64 years: 1.05 male(s)/female
    65 years and over: 1.02 male(s)/female
    total population: 1.03 male(s)/female (1999 est.)

    Infant mortality rate: 94.17 deaths/1,000 live births (1999 est.)

    Life expectancy at birth:
    total population: 46.05 years
    male: 44.48 years
    female: 47.67 years (1999 est.)

    Total fertility rate: 5.89 children born/woman (1999 est.)

    Nationality:
    noun: Ivorian(s)
    adjective: Ivorian

    Ethnic groups: Baoule 23%, Bete 18%, Senoufou 15%, Malinke 11%, Agni, Africans from other countries (mostly Burkinabe and Malians, about 3 million), non-Africans 130,000 to 330,000 (French 30,000 and Lebanese 100,000 to 300,000)

    Religions: Muslim 60%, Christian 22%, indigenous 18% (some of these are also numbered among the Christians and Muslims)

    Languages: French (official), 60 native dialects with Dioula the most widely spoken

    Literacy:
    definition: age 15 and over can read and write
    total population: 48.5%
    male: 57%
    female: 40%

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