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Abidjan (population 2,793,000 (1995)), is the administrative city, largest city, and former capital of Côte d'Ivoire. Abidjan's major industries are food processing, lumber, automobile manufacturing, and the manufacture of textiles, chemicals, soap .

In 1983 Yamoussoukro was designated as the national capital, but most government offices and foreign embassies are still in Abidjan. The University of Abidjan, several technical colleges, and the national library and museum are in the city.