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Burkina Faso is a francophone country; French is an official language of government and business. Formerly called the Republic of Upper Volta, the country was renamed "Burkina Faso" on 4 August 1984 by then-President Thomas Sankara. Its capital is Ouagadougou. In 2014 its Population was estimated at just over 17.3 million.

World Factbook

Languages: French (official), Mossi language 40%, Fulfulde 8.36%, Gourmanché 5.51%, Dyula 4.4%, Bissa 2.85%, Bwamu 1.91%, Dagara 1.76%, Samo 1.66%

Ethnic Groups: Mossi 50.2%, Fulani 9.4%, Bobo 5.9%, Gurma 5.8%, Mande 5.3%, Senufo 4.9%, Gurunsi 4.8%, Lobi 4.7%, Tuareg 2.5%, others 6.5%

Belief Systems: Muslim 50%, indigenous beliefs 40%, Christian (mainly Roman Catholic) 10%

Demographics:

Population: 18.6 million people (World Rank: 60th) (2014 estimate)
Population Density: 176 people/mi^2 (People per Square Mile) (World Rank: 143rd) (2014 estimate)
Population Growth: 3.03 %/yr (World Rank: 14th) (2013 estimate)
Life Expectancy: 56.3 years (World Rank: 209th) (2013 estimate)
Median Age: 16.8 years (World Rank: 189th) (2010 estimate)

Sites for More Information:

Map of Burkina Faso
University of Texas Library

United Nations Country Profile for Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso - Wikipedia Entry

Burkina Faso - General Information
Columbia Encyclopedia Entry for Burkina Faso

Culture and Tourism:

Tourism Burkina Faso
All about Burkina Faso as a tourism destination

Burkina Faso Travel Warnings
Cautions when traveling to Burkina Faso

Ouagadougou
One of Africa's most important handicraft fairs

Tiébélé
Mud houses of Burkina Faso

Reserve de Nazinga
Local park/forrest filled with wildlife

French Language Resource:

Learn French
Online resource for learning French

Government Related:

Embassy of Burkina Faso
Located in Washington D.C.

Burkina Faso Government Websites
Directory of government websites and other links by Gunnar Anzinger


Local Weather Conditions


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