Burkina Faso



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Capital: OuagadougouGovernment: Parliamentary Republic

Current President: Roch Kabore


  • Landlocked country that relies heavily on cotton and gold exports for revenue.
  • About 90% of the population is engaged in subsistence agriculture.
  • Cotton is the main cash crop.
  • By 2010, gold had become the main source of export revenue.

Population: 16.9 million (UN 2011)

Land Size: 272,200 sq km (105,870 sq miles)

Major Ethic Groups:

  • Mossi: > 40%
  • Other: ~ 60% (includes Gurunsi, Senufo, Lobi, Bobo, Mande, and Fulani)

  • Muslim: 60%
  • Catholic: 19%
  • Animist: 15.3%
  • Protestant: 4.2%
  • Other: 0.6%
  • None: 0.4%


  • French (official)
  • Jula
  • Fulfulde
  • Moore



  • Sun - Feb 19, 2017: Fespaco 2017 to Focus On Training, Audio-Visuals - AllAfrica News: Burkina Faso
    [East African] The 25th edition of the Pan-African Film and TV Festival of Ouagadougou (Fespaco) will be held from February 25-March 4, under the theme "Training, Cinema and Audio-Visual Trades."
  • Fri - Feb 10, 2017: The New Coup Which Threatens Democracy - AllAfrica News: Burkina Faso
    [The Conversation Africa] Conventional wisdom tells us that good political societies are built on the principles of constitutionalism. This entails upholding the rule of law and separation of powers. This is to ensure an even distribution of power where a society is "built on principles of law, not men".
  • Tue - Feb 7, 2017: Five Key Takeaways from AFCON2017 - AllAfrica News: Burkina Faso
    [allAfrica] The 2017 African Nations Cup finals are a thing of the past, and Cameroon were crowned worthy winners with their final victory over Egypt on Sunday.
  • Mon - Feb 6, 2017: What They Said at the Africa Cup of Nations - AllAfrica News: Burkina Faso
    [Monitor] "I had a feeling that I was going to save the final two penalties."
  • Sun - Feb 5, 2017: Afcon 2017 - Burkina Faso Claim Third Spot - AllAfrica News: Burkina Faso
    [Premium Times] Alain Traore scored a stunning free kick with one minute remaining as Burkina Faso finished third at the African Cup of Nations with a 1-0 victory over Ghana on Saturday.