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



  • Thu - Nov 23, 2017: Waho Begins Health Specialists Meeting - AllAfrica News: Burkina Faso
    [NEWS] The West African Health Organization on Wednesday, November 23, 2017 began a two-day meeting for Health Communication specialists in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
  • Mon - Nov 6, 2017: President Kaboré Wants France to Extradite Ex-President's Brother - AllAfrica News: Burkina Faso
    [RFI] Burkina Faso's President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré has called for France to extradite the brother of his ousted predecessor, despite the fact that the death penalty still exists in his country.
  • Sun - Nov 5, 2017: African Leaders Commit to Fighting Malnutrition - AllAfrica News: Burkina Faso
    [Global Nutrition Report] Milan -African leaders gathered at a summit to address the global crisis of malnutrition helped to galvanise US3.4bn including US$640 million in new commitments, organisers said today.
  • Thu - Nov 2, 2017: Norbert Zongo's Murder - Govt Demands Suspect's Extradition From France - AllAfrica News: Burkina Faso
    [MFWA] Authorities in Burkina Faso are demanding the extradition of Simone Compaore, brother of ex-Burkinabe dictator Blaise Compaore after the former was arrested in Paris in connection with the killing of Norbert Zongo, Burkina Faso's most famous journalist.
  • Mon - Oct 30, 2017: France Arrests Former President's Brother Over Journalist's Death - AllAfrica News: Burkina Faso
    [RFI] The brother of Burkina Faso's deposed President Blaise Compaoré was arrested at Paris's Charles De Gaulle airport on Sunday in connection with the 1998 murder of an investigative journalist.