Burkina Faso

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  • Area: 274,200 sq. km (105,869 sq. mi.)
  • Population: 19,512,533 (2016 est.)
  • Population growth rate: 3.01% (2016 est.)
  • Life expectancy: 55.5 years (2016)
  • Languages: French (official), native Sudanic languages spoken by 90% of the population
  • Religions: Muslim 61.6%, Catholic 23.2%, traditional/animist 7.3%, Protestant 6.7%, other/no answer 0.2%, none 0.9%
  • Alternate names: Burkina, Republic of Upper Volta, République de Haute-Volta, République Voltaïque, Volta Republic, Volta Superior, Voltaic Republic
  • Government type: presidential republic
  • Leaders: chief of state: President Roch Marc Christian KABORE; head of government: Prime Minister Paul Kaba THIEBA
  • Capital: Ouagadougou
  • Administrative divisions: 13 regions
  • GDP per capita (PPP): $1,700 (2015 est.)
  • Exports: gold, cotton, livestock
  • Imports: capital goods, foodstuffs, petroleum
  • Currency: West African CFA franc (XOF)

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