Burkina Faso is located in the west of the African continent, with a population of 17,275,115, making it the 61st largest
national population. Its capital and largest city is
Ouagadougou with a total population of 1,475,223. The country
encompasses 274,200 square kilometers making it the 74th largest country in total area. It shares boundaries with Mali,
Niger, Benin, Togo, Ghana and Cote D’lvoire.

President Blaise Compaore is recognized as the Chief of State and achieves that status through popular vote and holds that
position for a five-year term and is eligible for a second term. Prime Minister Luc-Adolphe T
iao is recognized as the Head
of Government and achieves that status through appointment by the president with the consent of the unicameral National
Assembly or
Assemblee Nationale. Its form of government is a parliamentary republic and they celebrate the creation of
their constitution on 2nd of June 1991.

The languages commonly or officially spoken are French and native African languages. It counts among its major religions
Muslim, indigenous beliefs and Christian. As sources of mass communication it has 3 AM, 17 FM, 3 Short Wave and 1
Television stations.

Major geographical features are Tena Kourou, its highest point at 749 meters and Mouhoun (Black Volta) River, its lowest
point at 200 meters. Its principal waterways are the White Volta, Red Volta and Black Volta Rivers which feed Lake Volta
in Ghana and cumulatively measure approximately 1,000 kilometers

Major industries providing for the bulk of their Gross Domestic Product (GDP) are cotton lint, beverages, agricultural
processing, soap, cigarettes, textiles and gold. Its official currency is the Communaute Financiere Africaine franc.
Here’s something you may not know about Burkina Faso. An interesting ceremony is held every Friday morning in
Ouagadougou where the traditional leader of the Mossi people, the Moro Naba, retells the story of the first Moro Naba, re-
enacting his ancestor’s departure and return to his people. All the Mossi people wear traditional dress and play ancient
instruments. Visitors are welcome to watch from the sidelines but this ceremony is not done for tourists.
Bwa Village in Bagasi
Net fishing on the
Mouhoun (Black Volta)
River - Burkina Faso's
lowest point
Raw silk
Rocky spires in
Burkina Faso's
western hills
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Updated 07 August 2012
Adult Prevalence Rate:

People Living with HIV/AIDS:

HIV/AIDS Deaths:
1.2% (2009 est.)


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Traditional hut on
Tena Kourou- Burkina
Faso's highest point
Mosque in Bani on
Burkina Faso's border
with Cote d'Ivoire
Bittou on Burkina
Faso's border with
Diapaga- Burkina
Faso's easternmost
point on the border
with Niger and Benin
Dogon village of
Tin-Alouf- Burkina
Faso's northernmost
point on the border
with Mali
Downtown Mosque in
Kampti- Burkina Faso's
southernmost point on
the border with Ghana
and Cote d'Ivoire
Bicycle race in Leo on
Burkina Faso's border
with Ghana
Orodaro Province-
Burkina Faso's
westernmost point on
the border with Cote
Pama Village on
Burkina Faso's border
with Benin
Place Nations Unies in
Washed out road to
Tera on Burkina
Faso's border with