Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso is a country in West Africa, previously called the Republic of Upper Volta from 1958 until 1984. The landlocked country borders Togoย andย Ghanaย to the south andย the Ivory Coastย to the southwest. Mali borders Burkina Faso to the northwest, and Niger borders it to the northeast. It also shares its southeast border with Benin.

Country Profile

Official NameContinentSubregionCapital CityPopulationWorld Population %Land Area (kmยฒ)CurrencyCurrency Symbol
Burkina FasoAfricaWestern AfricaOuagadougou23,251,4850.29%273,800West African CFA francFr

The country was part of French West Africa from 1896 until 1958 when it became a self-governing colony. Burkina Faso gained full independence in 1960. The country now has a prime minister who serves as head of government and a president who serves as head of state.

Ouagadougou, located in the center of the country, is the country’s capital. Other major cities in Burkina Faso include Bobo-Dioulasso, Koudougou, and Saaba.

Burkina Faso has a tropical climate with a long, dry season (November to March) and a short, rainy season (May to October). The Sahel, one of the three main climatic zones in the country, is a largely dry, tropical savanna in the north of the country. The second main climatic zone is the Sudan-Sahel region, which is a semi-arid transitional zone between the humid savannas and the dry Sahara desert. The Sudan-Guinea zone is a tropical savanna in the southwest.

There are two main physical areas in Burkina Faso: a peneplain (large flat ground formed by erosion) and a sandstone massif (principal mountain mass) in the south of the country. One of these mountains, Mount Tenakourou, is the highest point in Burkina Faso and has an elevation of 747 meters (2,451 ft).

The country has three main rivers: the Black Volta, the Red Volta, and the White Volta. The longest river is the Black Volta, which flows through Burkina Faso for 1,352 kilometers (840 miles). Groundwater is the country’s main drinking water supply, particularly in rural areas.

Burkina Faso: Stats and Facts

Official LanguageMain ReligionNational AnthemISO alpha-2ISO alpha-3Internet country domains (TLDs)Dialling CodeCoastline Length (km)Geographic coordinates (center point of country)Number of Time ZonesTime Zone(s)Daylight Savings Time?Driving SideGDP (PPP)GDP per capita (PPP)GDP (nominal)GDP per capita (nominal)
FrenchIslam
"Une Seule Nuit"
("One Single Night")
BFBFA.bf+2260 (landlocked)13 00 N, 2 00 W1UTC ยฑ00:00Not observedright$68,351,000,000$2,841$22,916,000,000$952