In this series of articles we overview languages present in any given country. This time we are looking at the languages spoken in Côte d’Ivoire

The biggest languages present in Côte d’Ivoire include:

  • French – 8.70 million speakers;
  • Bété – 791 thousand speakers;
  • Dioula – 4.75 million speakers;
  • Baoulé – 5.28 million speakers;
  • Senufo – 2.64 million speakers;
  • Dan – 1.58 million speakers;
  • Anyin – 1.58 million speakers;
  • Moore – 1.32 million speakers;
  • Attie – 791 thousand speakers;
  • Gouro – 528 thousand speakers;
  • Fula – 528 thousand speakers;

The sole official language of the country is French.

Below you will find summaries for the languages supported by our translation services.


French is a Indo-European language, distantly related to Slovak, Portuguese, Slovene, Bosnian, as well as a number of other languages. It is the sole official language of Côte d’Ivoire.

French language summary
Number of speakers worldwide274 million
Language familyIndo-European
WritingFrench alphabet
Major French-speaking populations in:49 countries

Demographics and geographic distribution

There are major French-speaking populations in more than 40 countries of the world. Examples of countries, where French has a major presence, include:

  • Burkina Faso
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Vanuatu
  • Central African Republic

More than 8.70 million residents of Côte d’Ivoire understand French.


French employs the French script, which in itself is a sub-type of the Latin script. It is written in the left-to-right fashion.

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