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Burkina Faso - At a glance
Burkina Faso at a glance
Location Lies on Greenwich meridian, between 9°N and 15°N
Neighbouring countries Clockwise from north – Mali, Niger, Benin, Togo,Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire
Climate Hot. The dry season runs from October to February, with temperatures of 29°C in October–November, falling to the year-round low of 25°C in January, before beginning the ascent to 32°C from March to May, although temperatures in the north can reach beyond 45°C. The rainy season runs intermittently from June to September, with heaviest rainfalls in August.
Status Parliamentary republic
Population 16.7 million (2011)
Capital Ouagadougou (1.5 million)
Other main towns Banfora, Bobo-Dioulasso (second city), Dori, Fada N’Gourma, Gaoua, Gorom-Gorom, Kaya, Koudougou, Ouahigouya, Po, Yako
Life expectancy 53.7 years
GDP US$8.6 billion
Languages French is the official language; Moore, Dioula and Fulfulde are national languages; there are dozens more local languages
Religion Animist; Muslim; Christian
Currency Communaute Financiere d’Afrique (CFA) franc, also used by Benin, Guinea-Bissau, Cote d’Ivoire, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo and pegged at 656f to the euro (for up-to-date rates, go to www.xe.com)
National airline and airport Air Burkina, Ouagadougou International Airport
International telephone code +226
Weights and measures metric
Flag Two horizontal bands, of red and green, united by a fi ve-pointed gold star in the middle
National motto Unity, Progress, Justice
Public holidays 1 January (New Year), 3 January (Soulevement Populaire, also known as SOUL POP), 8 March (Women’s Day), March/April (Easter Monday), 1 May (Worker’s Day), May (Ascension Thursday), 5 August (Proclamation of Independence/National Day), 15 August (Assumption), 1 November (All Saints’ Day), 11 December (Proclamation of the Republic), 25 December (Christmas Day).