Quick Facts

  • Area: 274,200 sq. km (slightly larger than Colorado)
  • Independence: 1960 (from France)
  • Capital city: Ouagadougou (pop. 2.741 million)
  • Population: 18,931,686
  • Nationality: Burkinabe
  • Ethnic groups: Mossi 52.5%, Fulani 8.4%, Gurma 6.8%, Bobo 4.8%, Gurunsi 4.5%, Senufo 4.4%, Bissa 3.9%, Lobi, 2.5%, Dagada 2.4%, Tuareg/Bella 1.9%, Doula 0.8%, other and unspecified 7.1%
  • Divided into 13 regions
  • Official language: French
  • Climate: tropical with a rainy and a dry season
  • Terrain: primarily flat
  • Economy: agriculture, heavily dependent on foreign aid
  • Major religions: Christianity, Islam
  • Literacy rate: 36%
  • Current weather conditions: www.weather.com
  • Tips for travel in country: www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates: www.xe.com

Government in Power

  • Parliamentary republic
  • President Roch Marc Kabore (since 2015)

Healthcare Statistics

  • Maternal mortality rate: 371/100,000
  • Infant mortality rate: 75.32/1,000
  • Life expectancy: 55.12 years
  • Total fertility rate: 5.86 children/woman
  • Health expenditures: 6.4% GDP
  • Physician density: 0.05/1,000
  • Hospital bed density: 0.4/1,000
  • Children under age 5 underweight: 26.2%
  • HIV/AIDS adult prevalence rate: 0.94%
  • Infectious disease risk: very high
  • Infectious diseases: bacterial and protozoal diarrhea, hepatitis A, typhoid fever, dengue fever, malaria, yellow fever, rabies, meningococcal meningitis, schistosomiasis
  • Infectious disease updates: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm

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