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: 20,835,401 (2020)

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

Major Ethnic Groups:

  • Mossi: 52%
  • Other: 48% (includes Gurunsi, Senufo, Lobi, Bobo, Mande, and Fulani)

  • Muslim: 61.5%
  • Catholic: 23.3%
  • Animist: 7.8%
  • Protestant: 6.5%
  • Other: 0.2%
  • None: 0.7%


  • French (official)
  • Jula
  • Fulfulde
  • Moore



  • Mon - Aug 2, 2021: French Court Upholds Extradition Order for François Compaore - AllAfrica News: Burkina Faso
    [RFI] In the last step of a long legal process, France has cleared the way for the extradition of Francois Compaore. The brother of Burkina Faso's former president is wanted in connection with the murder of a prominent journalist. Fearing he would not get a fair trial, his legal team have taken the case to the European Court of Human Rights.
  • Sun - Jul 25, 2021: Record Number of People Fleeing Armed Attacks in Burkina Faso - AllAfrica News: Burkina Faso
    [VOA] Geneva -- The U.N. refugee agency on Friday called for concerted action to help record-breaking numbers of people forced to flee increasingly violent armed attacks in Burkina Faso.
  • Fri - Jul 23, 2021: Sables Thrash Burkina Faso - AllAfrica News: Burkina Faso
    [The Herald] Sports Reporter
  • Wed - Jul 21, 2021: Zimbabwe Humiliates Burkina Faso in Rugby Africa Pool D Match - AllAfrica News: Burkina Faso
    [The Herald] Sports Reporter
  • Mon - Jul 19, 2021: Sables 'Pumped Up' for Unknowns Burkina Faso - AllAfrica News: Burkina Faso
    [Zimbabwe Standard] SABLES head coach Brendan Dawson says his charges are raring to go regardless of their limited knowledge of their opponents Burkina Faso as they seek a winning start in the first of two Rugby Africa Cup Pool D matches at Old Georgians Sports Club today.