Burkina Faso

 
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Burkina Faso, also known by its short-form name Burkina, is a landlocked nation in West Africa. It is surrounded by six countries: Mali to the north, Niger to the east, Benin to the south east, Togo and Ghana to the south, and Côte d'Ivoire to the south west.

Its size is 274,000 km² with an estimated population of more than 13,200,000.

Formerly called the Republic of Upper Volta, it was renamed on August 4, 1984, by President Thomas Sankara to mean "the land of upright people" in Moré and Dioula, the major native languages of the country. Literally, "Burkina" may be translated, "men of integrity," from the Moré language, and "Faso" means "father's house" in Dioula. The inhabitants of Burkina Faso are known as Burkinabè.

Burkina Faso's capital is Ouagadougou. After gaining independence from France in 1960, the country underwent many governmental changes until arriving at its current form, a semi-presidential republic. The president is Blaise Compaore. Source


Burkina Faso Facts

Population: 13 million

Capital: Ouagadougou

Currency: West African CFA franc

Area: 274,000 km2

Language: French

Main Religion
: Muslim

Calling Code
: +226

Time Zone: GMT + 0

Main Cities: Ouagadougou, Bobo Dioulasso, Ouahigouya, Dori