Burkina Faso – also known by its short-form name Burkina – is a landlocked country in west Africa. It is surrounded by six countries: Mali to the north, Niger to the east, Benin to the southeast, Togo and Ghana to the south, and Côte d'Ivoire to the southwest. The country's capital is Ouagadougou. Its size is 274,200 square kilometres with an estimated population of more than 15,757,000. Formerly called the Republic of Upper Volta, it was renamed on 4 August 1984, by President Thomas Sankara, to mean "the land of upright people" in Mòoré and Dioula, the major native languages of the...
|Founded:||August 5, 1960|
|Official language:||French Language|
|Currency:||West African CFA franc|
|Area:||105,869.2 sq. mi.|
|Form of government:||Semi-presidential system, Republic|
|Also known as:||Burkina Faso Cumhuriyeti|