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Where is Burkina Faso?

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Located in the continent of Africa, Burkina Faso covers 273,800 square kilometers of land and 400 square kilometers of water, making it the 75th largest nation in the world with a total area of 274,200 square kilometers.

Burkina Faso became an independent state in 1960, after gaining its sovereignty from France. The population of Burkina Faso is 17,275,115 (2012) and the nation has a density of 63 people per square kilometer.

The currency of Burkina Faso is the CFA Franc BCEAO (XOF). As well, the people of Burkina Faso are refered to as Burkinabe.

The dialing code for the country is 226 and the top level internet domain for Burkinabe sites is .bf.

Burkina Faso shares land borders with 6 countries: Mali, Niger, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Benin, Togo.

To learn more, visit our detailed Burkina Faso section.

Quick facts

Population 17,275,115
Density 63.1 / km2 ( 163.4 / mi2 )
Language French
Independence Year 1960
Capital Ouagadougou (Centre)
Currency CFA Franc BCEAO
GDP 12,542,969,275 (2014 data)
GDP per Capita 726 (2014 data)
Land Area 273,800 km2 (105,715 mi2)
Water Area 400 km2 (154 mi2)
Neighbouring Countries Mali, The Niger, Ghana, Benin, Togo, Cote D'Ivoire
Minimum Longitude -5.520
Maximum Longitude 2.400
Mininum Latitude 9.410
Maximum Latitude 15.080

What is the capital of Burkina Faso?

map showing the location of Burkina Faso
Location of Ouagadougou on a map.

Ouagadougou is the capital city of Burkina Faso. It has a population of 1,086,505, and is located on a latitue of 12.37 and longitude of -1.53.

Ouagadougou is also the political center of Burkina Faso, which is considered a Republic, and home to its Executive head of state.

Quick Facts About Ouagadougou, the Capital Of Burkina Faso

City Ouagadougou
Country Burkina Faso
Population 1,086,505
Longitude -1.53388000
Latitude 12.36566000
Elevation 299 meters over sea level

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This page was last updated on October 2, 2015.