Where is Burkina Faso?

Located in Western Africa, Burkina Faso has a 3,611.00 km border with Benin (386 km), Cote d'Ivoire (545 km), Ghana (602 km), Mali (1,325 km), Niger (622 km) and Togo (131 km). Burkina Faso has several unresolved boundary alignments with its neighbors, including Mali and Niger.

Burkina Faso is an African country covering 274,200.00 km2 of which 0.15% is water and 273,800.00 km2 is land. This makes it the 74th largest country in the world and slightly larger than Colorado. Its geographic coordinates are 13 00 N, 2 00 W and Ouagadougou is the capital city.

The name of the country roughly translates to "Land of the Honest Men".

Its ISO code is BF.


Burkina Faso has a mean elevation of 297 m above sea level.

It has a tropical climate with warm, dry winters and hot, wet summers. Its terrain is mostly flat with some hills in the west and southeast.


Burkina Faso has a population of 19,512,533 making it the 59th largest in the world.

French is the official language. The majority ethnic groups reported are Mossi, Fulani, Gurma, and Bobo. The population is mostly Muslim and, to a lesser extent, Christian.

The dialing code for the country is 226.


Burkina Faso is an independent country. It gained independence from France in 1960. Its constitution was last ratified in 2002.


Factoring in Purchasing Power Parity, Burkina Faso's GDP is $32,990,000,000.00 (USD) with $1,800.00 (USD) per capita. This makes it the 127th largest economy and its citizens the 200th richest in the world. The currency of Burkina Faso is the Franc (XOF).

Its major export partner is Switzerland. Its main exports are gold, cotton, and livestock. Its major import partners are Cote d'Ivoire and France. Its major imports include capital goods, foodstuffs, and petroleum.

This page was last modified on January 17th, 2018