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Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso
Standards
Road Traffic:right side
Electricity:
Voltage:220V
Frequency:50 Hz
Plug types:C, E,
TV Systems:
System:SECAM K1
DVD-Region: 5
Geography

Location:
Western Africa, north of Ghana
Area:
total: 274,200 sq km
land: 273,800 sq km
water: 400 sq km
Climate:
tropical; warm, dry winters; hot, wet summers
Terrain:
mostly flat to dissected, undulating plains; hills in west and southeast
Economy
GDP: $16.95 billion (2005 est.)
GDP growth rate: 4.5% (2005 est.)
GDP per capita: $1,300 (2005 est.)
Inflation rate: 6.4% (2005 est.)
Currency: Communaute Financiere Africaine franc (XOF); note - responsible authority is the Central Bank of the West African States
Exchange rates:
Communaute Financiere Africaine francs (XOF) per US dollar - 527.47 (2005), 528.29 (2004), 581.2 (2003), 696.99 (2002), 733.04 (2001)
People
Population:
note: estimates for this country explicitly take into account the effects of excess mortality due to AIDS; this can result in lower life expectancy, higher infant mortality and death rates, lower population and growth rates, and changes in the distribution of population by age and sex than would otherwise be expected (July 2006 est.)
Growth rate: 3% (2006 est.)
Religions:
Muslim 50%, indigenous beliefs 40%, Christian (mainly Roman Catholic) 10%
Languages:
French (official), native African languages belonging to Sudanic family spoken by 90% of the population
Government
Capital:
name: Ouagadougou
time difference: UTC 0 (5 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
Independence:
5 August 1960 (from France)


Note: Information on Burkina Faso was mainly sourced from CIA's World Factbook and may represent an American point of view. To learn more about Burkina Faso, please visit one of the links below.


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