Meaning of ABIDJAN in English



Largest city (pop., 1999 est.: 3,199,000) and chief port of Côte d'Ivoire.

Abidjan was a rail terminus from 1904; after its lagoon was opened to the sea to create a port (1950), the city became the financial centre of French West Africa . Though it was once the country's capital and remains its seat of government, the official capital was moved to Yamoussoukro in 1983. Abidjan has a museum of traditional Ivorian art, a national library, and several research institutes.

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