Ethnic groups in Ivory Coast

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The ethnic composition of Ivory Coast is complex with more than 60 ethnic groups represented.

The Akan group, which primarily occupies the eastern and central regions of the country, accounts for about 42.1 percent of the population. The Baoulé are the single largest subgroup of the Akan people, accounting for about 20 percent of the total population. The Voltaiques (Gur) account for about 17.6% of the population. The Northern Mandes from the northwest region of the country make up about 16.5% of the population. The Krou people in the southwest account for about 11 percent; the Bété are the largest subgroup. The Southern Mandes from the western regions account for about 10% of the population. Non-Africans include about 14,000 French and 130,000 Lebanese expatriates.

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