Burkina Faso



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Capital: Ouagadougou

Government: Unitary Semi-Presidential Republic

Current President: Roch Marc Christian Kaboré


  • 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: 17,322,796 (2014)

Land Size: 274,200 sq km (105,900 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



  • Wed - May 17, 2017: New Ambassador Looks for Commercial, Cultural Exchanges With Seychelles - AllAfrica News: Burkina Faso
    [Seychelles News Agency] Burkina Faso's first ambassador to Seychelles said the two countries can benefit from the exchange of commerce and culture.
  • Tue - May 16, 2017: Trial of Former Leader Blaise Compaore Adjourned - AllAfrica News: Burkina Faso
    [Al Jazeera] The closely-watched and long-delayed trial of Blaise Compaore, Burkina Faso's former president, and members of his cabinet has been adjourned for a month after his lawyers claimed that he would not receive a fair hearing.
  • Tue - May 16, 2017: Trial of Ex-Leader Blaise Compaore Under Way - AllAfrica News: Burkina Faso
    [Al Jazeera] A closely-watched trial of Burkina Faso's Blaise Compaore, former president, and members of his cabinet is under way in the capital, Ouagadougou.
  • Sun - May 14, 2017: Presidents Who Came to Power At 40 and Below - AllAfrica News: Burkina Faso
    [Monitor] Emmanuel Macron was elected President of France last Sunday in an internationally popular presidential election. It is believed that the election was a disguised referendum on the European Union (EU) in France. If his opponent, Marine Le Pen had won, chances were high that France would leave the EU. France had last had a young leader in the 1880s when Napoleon Bonaparte led the republic. Macron's election has generated a debate over a new generation of presidents taking power. While this seems to be the no
  • Sat - May 13, 2017: Women in Politics - Nigeria Can Emulate Burkina Faso - AllAfrica News: Burkina Faso
    [Vanguard] - Women group bitter as only 54 women submitted forms for 448 LG positions in Lagos