About Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso, a landlocked country tucked into a corner West Africa, has much potential but is often misunderstood. Despite years of political hardship, the culture of Burkina Faso is a sample of humanity at its best – warm, hospitable, and resilient. Formerly called Upper Volta, the country was renamed in 1984 to reflect the cultural heritage of its people better. Despite new prospects for the country speaking of the heightened risk of terrorist attacks, food insecurity, and more, the future looks hopeful for this small and naturally beautiful country, as there has been an increase in social service funding in recent years. 

Burkina Faso Trivia

What is the Culture of Burkina Faso Like?

Burkina Faso has great ethnic diversity. The Mossi is the largest ethnic community living in the country, comprising of 52% of the population. The ethnic minorities with a significant presence in the country are the Fulani (8.4%), Gurma (7%), Bobo (4.9%), Gurunsi (4.6%), and Senufo (4.5%). The legacy of the French colonial rule in Burkina Faso is visible in the country. For one thing, the official language in Burkina Faso is French. Different ethnic groups also speak their own indigenous languages. Muslims represent 61.5% of the population of Burkina Faso. Christians, both Catholics and Protestants, are also present in significant numbers. A large section of the population adheres to the traditional indigenous religions.

The Culture Of Burkina Faso

Which Is The Largest Ethnic Group In Burkina Faso?

The Mossi is the largest ethnic group in Burkina Faso and accounts for 50.2% of the country’s population. The Fulani, Bobo, Gurma, and Mandé are some of the ethnic minorities of the country.

Largest Ethnic Groups In Burkina Faso

What is the Leading Cause of Death in Burkina Faso?

Lower respiratory infections account for 14.3% of total deaths in Burkina Faso, making it the number one cause of death.

Leading Causes Of Death In Burkina Faso

What Is The Dominant Religious Belief In Burkina Faso?

Islam is the religion of the majority in Burkina Faso. 61.1% of the country’s population adhere to this religion. 19.0% of the population practice Roman Catholicism. 11.3% practice indigenous African beliefs. Protestant Christianity is the religion of 5.5% of the population.

Religious Beliefs In Burkina Faso

What is W of the Niger National Park?

W National Park is an important national park in West Africa. The park is named so as it based around the ‘W’ shaped meander of the River Niger. The park is shared by three countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, and Niger. The W National Park was created on August 4, 1954, and was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.

The Four National Parks Of Burkina Faso

What is the Currency of Burkina Faso?

The official currency of Burkina Faso is the West African CFA franc.

What is the Currency of Burkina Faso?

What Languages are Spoken in Burkina Faso?

French is Burkina Faso’s official language. Mossi is the most widely spoken language of Burkina Faso, as it is spoken by nearly 40% of the country’s population. Most people living in the country’s urban areas are multilingual, while the rural population uses their native languages for common activities.

What Languages Are Spoken in Burkina Faso?