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The Pants Of Today Are Better Than The Breeches Of Tomorrow.



Population: 18,365,123 (2014), 17,812,961 (2013)
Land Area: 274,200 sq km
Natural Resources: Manganese, limestone, marble, gold, phosphates, pumice, salt
Capital: Ouagadogou
Political System: Parliamentary Republic
State Leader: Michel Kafando (November 18th 2014)
Head of Government: Yacouba Isaac Zida (November 19th 2014)
Languages: French, Native African languages
Currency: Communaute Financiere Africaine Francs (XOF)
Major Religions: Muslim 50%, Indigenous Beliefs 40%, Christian 10%
Major Ethnicities: Mossi 40%, Other 60%
Life Expectancy: 54.78 years (2014), 54.43 years (2013)


GDP Official Exchange Rate: 12.13 billion (2013), 10.27 billion (2012)
GDP Purchasing Power Parity: 26.51 billion (2013), 24.03 billion (2012)
GDP Per Capita (PPP): 1,500 (2013), 1,400 (2012)
GDP Growth Rate: 6.5% (2013), 7% (2012)
GDP Structure: Agriculture 33.6%, Industry 23.6%, Services 42.8% (2013)
Labour Force By Occupation: Agriculture 90%, Industry and Services 10% (2000)
Industries: Cotton lint, beverages, agricultural processing, soap, cigarettes, textiles, gold
Agriculture Products: Cotton, peanuts, shea nuts, sesame, sorghum, millet, corn, rice; livestock
Human Development Index: 0.388 (181st)(2014), 0.343 (183rd)(2013)
Tourism Revenue: 34 million (2001)
Unemployment Rate: 77% (2004)

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Army Size: 10 800 (2004)
Budget: 1.2% of GDP (2006)

Current Situation


Burkina Faso is located in west Africa, Burkina Faso is bordered by Mali, Niger, Benin, Togo, Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire. Burkina Faso's economy is funded mostly by international aid and a large portion of the population works in the agricultural sector. Burkina Faso has one of the lowest GDP's per capita at 1,400.

(2014) Although the growth rate in Burkina Faso is high, Burkina Faso remains one the poorest countries in the world. It continues to be plagued by corruption and incursions from terrorist groups from Mali and Niger.

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Updated on: July 26th, 2014