37 Facts About Burkina Faso


Largest ethnic group in Burkina Faso is the Mossi people, who settled the area in the 11th and 13th centuries.

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Burkina Faso has been severely affected by the rise of Islamist terror in the Sahel since the mid-2010s.

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Burkina Faso is a least developed country with a GDP of $16.

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Burkina Faso is a member of the United Nations, La Francophonie and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.

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Northwestern part of present-day Burkina Faso was populated by hunter-gatherers from 14000 BCE to 5000 BCE.

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The territory of Burkina Faso was invaded by France, becoming a French protectorate in 1896.

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The demonym for people of Burkina Faso, "Burkinabe", includes expatriates or descendants of people of Burkinabe origin.

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Burkina Faso engaged in three major battles: against bush fires "which will be considered as crimes and will be punished as such"; against cattle roaming "which infringes on the rights of peoples because unattended animals destroy nature"; and against the anarchic cutting of firewood "whose profession will have to be organized and regulated".

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Burkina Faso then thought of extending this vegetation belt to other countries.

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On 4 June 2021, the Associated Press reported that according to the government of Burkina Faso, gunmen killed at least 100 people in Solhan village in northern Burkina Faso near the Niger border.

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Burkina Faso is responsible for recommending a cabinet for appointment by the president.

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Burkina Faso is a member of the G5 Sahel, Community of Sahel–Saharan States, La Francophonie, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, and United Nations.

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Burkina Faso employs numerous police and security forces, generally modeled after organizations used by French police.

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Burkina Faso has a primarily tropical climate with two very distinct seasons.

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Burkina Faso has a larger number of elephants than many countries in West Africa.

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Burkina Faso is part of the West African Monetary and Economic Union and has adopted the CFA franc.

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Burkina Faso is a member of the Organization for the Harmonization of Business Law in Africa.

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Stunted growth as a result of food insecurity is a severe problem in Burkina Faso, affecting at least a third of the population from 2008 to 2012.

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One of the main projects the World Bank is working on to reduce food insecurity in Burkina Faso is the Agricultural Productivity and Food Security Project.

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The report provided this updated summary of the country's development challenges: "Burkina Faso remains vulnerable to climatic shocks related to changes in rainfall patterns and to fluctuations in the prices of its export commodities on world markets.

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Growth rate in Burkina Faso is high although it continues to be plagued by corruption and incursions from terrorist groups from Mali and Niger.

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Transport in Burkina Faso is limited by relatively underdeveloped infrastructure.

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Burkina Faso was ranked 115th in the Global Innovation Index in 2021, up from 118th in 2020.

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In 2013, Burkina Faso passed the Science, Technology and Innovation Act establishing three mechanisms for financing research and innovation, a clear indication of high-level commitment.

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Burkina Faso is an ethnically integrated, secular state where most people are concentrated in the south and centre, where their density sometimes exceeds 48 inhabitants per square kilometre.

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In 2009 the U S Department of State's Trafficking in Persons Report reported that slavery in Burkina Faso continued to exist and that Burkinabe children were often the victims.

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The Moore language is the most spoken language in Burkina Faso, spoken by about half the population, mainly in the central region around the capital, Ouagadougou.

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Statistics on religion in Burkina Faso can be misleading because Islam and Christianity are often practiced in tandem with indigenous religious beliefs.

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Education in Burkina Faso is divided into primary, secondary and higher education.

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Literature in Burkina Faso is based on the oral tradition, which remains important.

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Theatre of Burkina Faso combines traditional Burkinabe performance with the colonial influences and post-colonial efforts to educate rural people to produce a distinctive national theatre.

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Burkina Faso's uses her skills to raise awareness around issues such as blood donation, albinism and the impact of COVID-19.

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Typical of West African cuisine, Burkina Faso's cuisine is based on staple foods of sorghum, millet, rice, maize, peanuts, potatoes, beans, yams and okra.

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Cinema of Burkina Faso is an important part of West African and African film industry.

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Sport in Burkina Faso is widespread and includes soccer, basketball, cycling, rugby union, handball, tennis, boxing and martial arts.

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Soccer is the most popular sport in Burkina Faso, played both professionally, and informally in towns and villages across the country.

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In 1998, Burkina Faso hosted the Africa Cup of Nations for which the Omnisport Stadium in Bobo-Dioulasso was built.

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