The French gave Ivory Coast its name after the trade in elephant tusks in that region of Africa.

About 90 per cent of Ivory Coast's foreign exchange earnings come from the sale of cocoa beans, of which it is by far the world's leading producer.

In 2009, research on chimpanzees in Ivory Coast showed that female chimps are more likely to have sex with males who share meat with them.

In 1992, Michael Jackson was crowned King of the Ivory Coast kingdom of Sanwi.

In 1985, the Ivory Coast government officially change its name to Côte d'Ivoire. 'Ivory Coast' is an anagram of 'sooty vicar'. Côte d'Ivoire' is an anagram of 'erotic video'.