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Burkina Faso Facts

  • Name: Burkina Faso
  • Capital City: Oaugadougou (1,475,223 pop.)
    (1,727,390 metro)
  • Burkina Faso Population: 17,812,961 (2013 est.)
  • Currency: West African CFA franc
    (conversion rates)

    West African CFA franc
    5000 West African CFA francs
  • Ethnicity: Mossi over 40%, other approximately 60% (includes Gurunsi, Senufo, Lobi, Bobo, Mande, and Fulani)
  • GDP total: $24.03 billion (2012 est.)
  • GDP per capita: $1,400 (2012 est.)
  • Land Sizes
  • Language: French (official), native African languages belonging to Sudanic family are spoken by 90% of the population
  • Largest Cities: (by population) Oaugadougou, Bobo Dioulasso, Koudougou
  • Name: Meaning, "Land of honest man," the name was selected by President Thomas Sankara following his 1983 coup.
  • National Day: December 11
  • Religion: Muslim 50%, indigenous beliefs 40%, Christian (mainly Roman Catholic) 10%
  • Symbols

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