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About Burkina Faso in detail
Where is Burkina Faso?
Burkina Faso, in case, if you are looking on the map under the Coordinates 12 22 N 1 31 W otherwise in Africa, in Western Africa, north of Ghana.
What is the capital city of Burkina Faso?
The capital city of Burkina Faso is: Ouagadougou.
What is the time in Ouagadougou?
It is 5 hours ahead of Washington, D.C. during Standard Time, the timezone of Ouagadougou is: UTC 0.
What is the Internet code for Burkina Faso?
The Top Level Domain (TLD) for Burkina Faso is: .bf
What is the size of Burkina Faso?
The territory of Burkina Faso is total: 274,200 sq km; land: 273,800 sq km, water: 400 sq km.
If we want to describe the size of the territory of Burkina Faso is slightly larger than Colorado.
If we would like to walk around and discover Burkina Faso, we can do that by covering a distance of total: 3,611 km.
What is the water coverage of Burkina Faso?
We have already mentioned on this website, that what percentage of Burkina Faso is covered by water (see below), and this includes 0 km (landlocked country) coastline.
What is the climate like in Burkina Faso?
The climate of Burkina Faso is tropical: warm, dry winters: hot, wet summers.
Geographical data of Burkina Faso
The elevation of Burkina Faso; mean elevation: 297 m, elevation extremes; lowest point: Mouhoun (Black Volta) River 200 m, highest point: Tena Kourou 749 m.
The typical geographical details of Burkina Faso include mostly flat to dissected, undulating plains; hills in west and southeast.
If we would like to describe the countries location from a different point of view, it is safe to say, and easy to read from a map, Burkina Faso is landlocked savanna cut by the three principal rivers of the Black, Red, and White Voltas.
Resources and land use of Burkina Faso
The country’s main mined products are manganese, limestone, marble; small deposits of gold, phosphates, pumice, salt. The population partly uses the earlier highlighted land territory and partly left in its natural state: agricultural land: 43%; arable land 20.8%; permanent crops 0.3%; permanent pasture 21.9%; forest: 20.4%; other: 36.6% (2011 estimate).
Population data of Burkina Faso
The number of inhabitants of Burkina Faso is 19,512,533 (July 2016 estimate).
If we examine the proportion of the population distribution, it is safe to say that N/A.
If we are looking at the proportion of the urbanized and barely populated areas, these are the figures: urban population: 29.9% of the total population (2015).
Most of the population in Burkina Faso is concentrated in OUAGADOUGOU (capital) 2.741 million (2015).
Ethnicity in Burkina Faso
According to ethnicity details, the ethnic groups in this country are the following: Mossi 52.5%, Fulani 8.4%, Gurma 6.8%, Bobo 4.8%, Gurunsi 4.5%, Senufo 4.4%, Bissa 3.9%, Lobi 2.5%, Dagara 2.4%, Tuareg/Bella 1.9%, Dioula 0.8%, unspecified/no answer 0.1%, other 7% (2010 estimate).
Spoken languages in Burkina Faso
The spoken languages in Burkina Faso are the following: French (official language), native African languages belonging to Sudanic family spoken by 90% of the population.
What are the most important religions in Burkina Faso?
During the general census, researchers examine the churches, according to this: Muslim 61.6%, Catholic 23.2%, traditional/animist 7.3%, Protestant 6.7%, other/no answer 0.2%, none 0.9% (2010 estimate).
Further population data of Burkina Faso
The proportion of gender and age tells a lot about the society as follows 0-14 years: 45.04% (male 4,402,311 / female 4,386,518) 15-24 years: 20.08% (male 1,966,644 / female 1,951,722) 25-54 years: 29.28% (male 2,898,407 / female 2,813,923) 55-64 years: 3.16% (male 267,763 / female 349,433) 65 years and over: 2.44% (male 178,127 / female 297,685) (2016 estimate). It also a significant factor in a society the population growth rate, which in the case of Burkina Faso is 3.01% (2016 estimate).
The population growth rate based on two elements, the birth, and the death rate. In Burkina Faso the birth rate is 41.6 births / 1,000 population (2016 estimate), the death rate 11.5 deaths / 1,000 population (2016 estimate).
In this day and age in developed societies, the first child borns later compared to the previous centuries and decades, so childbearing is extended. In Burkina Faso, the average age of mothers at the first childbirth is .
In the best-case scenario, although the birth of the children postponed, the parents are still able to see their kids grow as life expectancy also extended. In the case of Burkina Faso, these figures are. With the introduction of modern medicine, vaccinations, and the proper hygienic conditions, the infant mortality rate is in a steep decline. The infant mortality statistics in Burkina Faso are the following: . Relevant data is the budget of healthcare, which is in the case of this country is 5% of GDP (2014).
Economic data of Burkina Faso
If we would like to describe a country, we also have to mention its economy; Burkina Faso is a poor, landlocked country that depends on adequate rainfall. About 80% of the population is engaged in subsistence farming and cotton is the main cash crop. The country has few natural resources and a weak industrial base.Cotton and gold are Burkina Faso’s key exports – gold has accounted for about three-quarters of the country’s total export revenues. Burkina Faso’s economic growth and revenue depends on global prices for the two commodities. The Burkinabe economy experieBurkina Faso experienced a number of public protests over the high cost of living, corruption, and other socioeconomic issues in 2013, while the fall of the COMPAORE government in 2014 and failed coup in September 2015 disrupted economic activity and stra.
GDP is a prominent figure, as all the relevant calculations and statistics based on it. GDP in Burkina Faso is $12.01 billion (2015 estimate).
Another important indicator is the rate of the GDP growth, which in Burkina Faso is 5.2% (2016 estimate) 4% (2015 estimate) 4% (2014 estimate).
These statistics are affecting the world economy; remember in 2015, when the Chinese real GDP growth rate was worse than expected; The world markets fall, and the Chinese stock exchange temporally suspended.
A further major factor of a country’s economy, the GDP per capita. In Burkina Faso this is $1,800 (2016 estimate) $1,800 (2015 estimate) $1,700 (2014 estimate).
In the case of the economy, the Trinity is in common places, such as agriculture, industry, and services.
What are the agricultural products Burkina Faso produces?
The main agricultural products of Burkina Faso are cotton, peanuts, shea nuts, sesame, sorghum, millet, corn, rice; livestock.
Regarding the economy, the important segments are cotton lint, beverages, agricultural processing, soap, cigarettes, textiles, gold. The crucial and regularly mentioned GDP is based on cotton lint, beverages, agricultural processing, soap, cigarettes, textiles, gold.
Drinking water source in Burkina Faso
It is important to mention, that – thanks to the development of the infrastructure -, the rate of potable water improved: urban: 97.5% of the population, rural: 75.8% of the population, total: 82.3% of the population. Unimproved: urban: 2.5% of the population, rural: 24.2% of the population, total: 17.7% of the population (2015 estimate).
The average number of childbirth in Burkina Faso
In Burkina Faso, the average number of delivery is 5.79 children born / woman (2016 estimate).
Population, median age, migration, and citizenship in Burkina Faso
The average age of the population is total: 17.2 years; male: 17 years, female: 17.3 years (2016 estimate). The age of adulthood varies in every country of the world in Burkina Faso it is 18 years of age, universal.
In this age, when we are experiencing an unprecedented scale of migration and globalization, it is an important factor the number of new coming immigrants. In Burkina Faso is 0 migrant(s) / 1,000 population (2016 estimate). It is important to know, how to apply for citizenship: citizenship by birth: no. Citizenship by descent only: at least one parent must be a citizen of Burkina Faso. Dual citizenship recognized: yes, residency requirement for naturalization: 10 years.
Is Burkina Faso a safe destination? Healthcare services and infectious diseases in Burkina Faso
Many of the travelers are looking into the healthcare services and infectious diseases of their destinations. In Burkina Faso density of the hospital beds is 0.4 beds / 1,000 population (2010).
According to WHO rating regarding contagious diseases in Burkina Faso the degree of risk: very highfood or waterborne diseases: bacterial and protozoal diarrhea, hepatitis A, and typhoid fevervectorborne disease: dengue fever, malaria, and yellow feverwater contact disease: schistosomiasisrespiratory disease: meningococcal meningitisanimal contact disease: rabies (2016).
However, HIV is not curable but maintainable. Let’s do not forget when the disease surfaced it was a world threatening condition. Unfortunately, in some countries, it is still very high the number of infected patients and fatalities as a result of the disease.
In Burkina Faso the number of HIV/AIDS deaths: N/A.
Regarding tourism obesity, not an important issue, but we have to mention among the health statistics, as it is the plague of the 20th and the 21st century. The rate of obese adults in Burkina Faso is 5.2% (2014).
What are the natural hazards in Burkina Faso? Is there any?
The most known natural risks in Burkina Faso are recurring droughts.
More interesting facts about Burkina Faso
A few words about the past, as every country and society, is connected to its history; Burkina Faso (formerly Upper Volta) achieved independence from France in 1960. Repeated military coups during the 1970s and 1980s were followed by multiparty elections in the early 1990s. Former President Blaise COMPAORE (1987-2014) resigned in late October 2014 following popular protests against his efforts to amend the Constitution’s two-term presidential limit. By mid-November, a framework for an interim government was adopted under the terms of the National Transition Charter. An interim administration, led by President Michel KAFANDO and Prime Minister Yacouba Isaac ZIDA, began organizing presidential and legislative elections planned for October 2015, but these were postponed during a weeklong failed coup in September. The rescheduled elections were held on 29 November, and Roch Marc Christian KABORE was elected president in the first round. Burkina Faso’s high population growth and limited natural resources result in poor economic prospects for the majority of its citizens.
In every nation’s memory, some cornerstones placed the country on the timeline of history. The date of declaration of independence of Burkina Faso: 5 August 1960 (from France).
The flag and other symbols of Burkina Faso
The colors, symbols, and animals on the flag usually have a historical background or related to an important milestone or memory of the nation.
This case is not an exception either, two equal horizontal bands of red (top) and green with a yellow five-pointed star in the center; red recalls the country’s struggle for independence, green is for hope and abundance, and yellow represents the country’s mineral wealth. Note: uses the popular Pan-African colors of Ethiopia.
Apart from the flag, the symbol of national unity is the national anthem. The primary purpose of the anthem is to share the nation’s core values, endeavors, and patriotic feelings.
National symbols of Burkina Faso: white stallion; national colors: red, yellow, green.
Constitution of Burkina Faso
The existence of the nation based on the constitution. Some constitutions knew around the world, like the U.S. Constitution that accepted on 17th of September 1787, in Philadelphia, the Constitution of the United States of America.
It is not related to the declaration of independence that was stolen by Nicolas Cage in the movie National Treasure 🙂
What is the legal system of Burkina Faso?
Most of the time, the legal system of a country is in the focus of lawyers. It is a common fact that there are two main approaches in the world, “the law in books” and “the law in action.”
In the Anglo-Saxon world, the practice is the “law in action” while in the rest of the world where the law based on Roman law, the “law in books.”
The legal system of Burkina Faso is civil law based on the French model and customary law.
It was Aristotle who founded the Theory of 3 separations of powers. In his view, these are the council of public affairs, the magistrates, and the justice system. In the age of enlightenment was the time when terminologies have defined the way we still use them. In most democratic countries, the three authorities separated from each other. In dictatorships, the authorities usually interweaved in one hand.
About the legislative branch of Burkina Faso, we can highlight the following structures unicameral National Assembly (127 seats; members directly elected in multi-seat constituencies by proportional representation vote to serve 5-year terms)elections: last held on 29 November 2015 (next to be held in 2020)election results: percent of vote by party – NA; seats by party – MPP 55, UPC 33, CDP 18, Union for Rebirth/Sankarist Party 5, ADF/RDA 3, other 13.
About the unemployment rate, labor force, and poverty line in Burkina Faso
One of the major problems of the 21st-century economy is unemployment. Governments are struggling to maintain a low level of unemployment rate. Still, as a result of automation, the cheap 3rd world labor and the outsourcing of workflow, these attempts are failing. In Burkina Faso the labor force is 7.692 million (2013 estimate). Please bear in mind that the population in Burkina Faso is total: 73.8 deaths / 1,000 live births; male: 80.9 deaths / 1,000 live births, female: 66.4 deaths / 1,000 live births (2016 estimate) – as we already mentioned above.
The rate of unemployment in Burkina Faso is 77% (2004).
Widely known that the gap between the rich and poor is widening on an enormous scale.
According to the 2017 shocking Oxfam report, the richest eight people’s fortune is equal to the wealth of the poorest half of the world’s population.
In Burkina Faso, the income of the households and consumption compared to the entire population: lowest 10%: 2.9% highest 10%: 32.2% (2009 estimate).
Another widely used indicator is the so-called GINI index, which measures the inequalities of statistical dispersion, but mainly used for measuring the sharing of income and fortune.
The GINI index named after its founder Corrado Gini, an Italian economist. Gini index has grades between 0-1, but often it is used on a percentage basis. It is 0 if the examined criteria territorial distribution is equal. It is one of the criteria concentrated on the territory. In Burkina Faso, the GINI index is .39,5 (2007).
The states usually set up a poverty line, which is more or less, is a subjective measure. It varies by country; its base is often the minimum pension, the incomes of the most deficient 20 percent, the X percent of income per capita Etc.
In Burkina Faso, the people living under the poverty line are the lowest 10%: 2.9% highest 10%: 32.2% (2009 estimate).
About the budget and central governments debt of Burkina Faso
The available budget mainly defines the state’s economy. The budget of Burkina Faso is; revenues: $2.442 billion, expenditures: $2.779 billion (2016 estimate). Taxes and other revenues are 20.3% of GDP (2016 estimate).
The budget deficit (Budget surplus (+) or deficit (-)) is .
The fiscal year in Burkina Faso is the calendar year.
In the country’s economy, we have to consider the public debt. Public debt is the consolidated sum of the state’s local, federal, and central government debt.
Inflation rate and prime lending rate in Burkina Faso
A few further interesting and relevant economic data are the following; Inflation rate: 1.4% (2016 estimate), 1% (2015 estimate), and the rate of the Commercial bank prime lending rate: NA% (31 December 2014 estimate).
Export/import partners and data of Burkina Faso
Burkina Faso, with the export of products, industrial tools, and other services, generates revenue. The export value in Burkina Faso is: $2.771 billion (2016 estimate), $2.515 billion (2015 estimate). The total revenue of these activities: gold, cotton, livestock.
The most important imported products are capital goods, foodstuffs, petroleum, and the countries from where the import is coming: Cote dIvoire 23.1%, France 11.1%, Togo 7.5%, China 4.8%, Ghana 4.6% (2015).
Renewable energies used in Burkina Faso
As an attempt to suppress the pollution of the environment, renewable energies have to replace fossil energy. The more the proportion of renewable energies in a country means more effort against the pollution. Burkina Faso, the indicator of how much of the country’s produced energy coming from the hydroelectric source, is 13.4% of total installed capacity (2012 estimate).
To indicate how much another renewable energy produced is 0% of total installed capacity (2012 estimate).
Telecommunication data of Burkina Faso, calling code
To maintain the economy, the development of a reliable and modern telecommunications infrastructure is crucial. We can say the following about Burkina Faso; system includes microwave radio relay, open-wire, and radiotelephone communication stationsdomestic: fixed-line connections stand at less than 1 per 100 persons; mobile-cellular usage, fostered by multiple providers, is increasing steadily from a low baseinternational: country code – 226; satellite earth station – 1 Intelsat (Atlantic Ocean) (2015).
Transport infrastructure in Burkina Faso
In the 21st century, we often say that the world has become small and there are no distances anymore. With widespread air travel when (sometimes) there are no visa restrictions, it is easy to reach other countries, but in case the distance is not too long, we can also use railway or water transportation.
The number of airports in Burkina Faso: 23 (2013), and the number of heliports: N/A.
The total length of the roadways in Burkina Faso: total: 15,272 km, note: does not include urban roads (2010).
The total length of the waterways in Burkina Faso: N/A.
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Facts & data about Burkina Faso
Name of the country: conventional long form: none, conventional short form: Burkina Faso, local long form: none, local short form: Burkina Faso, former: Upper Volta, Republic of Upper Volta, etymology: name translates as “Land of the honest (incorruptible) men”.
|Abbrevation: Burkina Faso||Geographic coordinates:|
13 00 N, 2 00 W
|Country location: Africa|
|Capital of Burkina Faso: Ouagadougou||GPS of the Capital:|
12 22 N 1 31 W
|Position: Western Africa, north of Ghana|
|Land area: total: 274,200 sq km; land: 273,800 sq km, water: 400 sq km||Terrain: mostly flat to dissected, undulating plains; hills in west and southeast||Area comparative: slightly larger than Colorado|
|Population: 19,512,533 (July 2016 estimate)||Population grow rate: 3.01% (2016 estimate)||Sex ratio: at birth: 1.03 male(s) / female, 0-14 years: 1 male(s) / female, 15-24 years: 1.01 male(s) / female, 25-54 years: 1.03 male(s) / female, 55-64 years: 0.77 male(s) / female, 65 years and over: 0.6 male(s) / female, total population: 0.99 male(s) / female (2016 estimate)|
|Exports: $2.771 billion (2016 estimate), $2.515 billion (2015 estimate)||Imports: $2.872 billion (2016 estimate), $2.863 billion (2015 estimate)||Import partners: Cote dIvoire 23.1%, France 11.1%, Togo 7.5%, China 4.8%, Ghana 4.6% (2015)|
|Urbanization: urban population: 29.9% of the total population (2015)||Major urban area(s): OUAGADOUGOU (capital) 2.741 million (2015)||Median age: total: 17.2 years; male: 17 years, female: 17.3 years (2016 estimate)|
|Internet users: total: 2.156 million. Percent of the population: 11.4% (July 2015 estimate)||Telephones (fixed lines): total subscriptions: 75,075. Subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: less than 1 (July 2015 estimate)||Telephones (mobile, cellular): total: 14.447 million. Subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 76 (July 2015 estimate)|
|Unemployment rate: 77% (2004)||Nationality: Burkinabe (singular and plural) adjective: Burkinabe||National holidays: Republic Day, 11 December (1958)|
|Life expectancy at birth: total population: 55.5 years. Male: 53.4 years, female: 57.6 years (2016 estimate)||Total fertility rate: 5.79 children born / woman (2016 estimate)||Birthrate: 41.6 births / 1,000 population (2016 estimate)|
|Literacy: age 15 and over can read and write. Total population: 36%; male: 43%, female: 29.3% (2015 estimate)||Legal system: civil law based on the French model and customary law||Suffrage: 18 years of age, universal|
|Industries: cotton lint, beverages, agricultural processing, soap, cigarettes, textiles, gold||Industrial production growth rate: 4.2% (2016 estimate)||GDP real growth rate: 5.2% (2016 estimate) 4% (2015 estimate) 4% (2014 estimate)|
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