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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%


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

Country Profile for Burkina Faso
United Nations

Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso - General Information

Culture and Tourism:

Tourism Burkina Faso
All about Burkina Faso as a tourism destination

Burkina Faso Travel Warnings
Cautions when traveling to Burkina Faso

One of Africa's most important handicraft fairs

Mud houses of Burkina Faso

Reserve de Nazinga
Local park/forrest filled with wildlife

Government Related:

Embassy of Burkina Faso
in Washington D.C.

Burkina Faso Government Websites
by Gunnar Anzinger

Local Weather Conditions

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