Burkina Faso

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I would like to leave behind me the conviction that if we maintain a certain amount of caution and organisation we deserve victory......You cannot carry out fundamental change without a certain amount of madness.

Thomas Sankara, Burkinabe military captain, Marxist, Pan Africanist and President of Burkina Faso from 1983 to 1987.



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Profile: Burkina Faso

In the space of 10 pages the Profile covers the following:

- Timeline

- Political structure

- Population,

- Education  

- Health

- Welfare

- Main cities

- Languages spoken

- Media

- Economy

- Agriculture

- Industry and manufacturing

- Tourism

- Mining,

- Hydrocarbons

- Energy

- Financial markets

- Banking and insurance

- Time

- Geography

- Climate

- Dress codes

- Entry requirements

- Health (for visitors)

- Hotels

- Credit cards

- Public holidays

- Working hours

- Telecommunications

- Electricity

- Social customs and useful tips

- Security

- Getting there

- Getting about

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Key Facts

Key Facts:

Key Facts
Official name: République Démocratique Populaire de Burkina Faso (Popular Democratic Republic of Burkina Faso)
Head of State: Interim President Michel Kafando (since 1 November 2014) following the resignation of Blaise Compaore on 31 October 2014 after efforts to amend the constitution to enable him to run for another term led to violent protests
Head of government: Prime Minister Lt. Col. Yacouba Issac Zida (since 19 November 2014) (named by the army). . Zida was briefly removed from office by the Regiment of Presidential Security in a September 2015 coup, but he was restored as Prime Minister within a week.
Ruling party: There is no ruling party, Zida was named as head of the transitional government on 1 November 2014 by the military. On 14 November, military and opposition party leaders agreed to a charter returning the government to civilian rule and holding elections in late 2015.
Area: 274,000 square km
Population: 17.43 million (2014)*
Capital: Ouagadougou
Official language: French
Currency: CFA franc (CFAf) = 100 centimes (Communauté Financière Africaine (African Financial Community) franc).
Exchange rate: CFAf586.44 per US$ (Sep 2015) (Jul 2014); CFAf655.95 per euro (pegged from Jan 1999
GDP per capita: US$717 (2014)*
GDP real growth: 4.02% (2014)*
GDP: US$12.50 billion (2014)*
Labour force: 6.67 million (2007) (excludes seasonal, expatriate numbers)
Inflation: -0.26% (2014)*
Balance of trade: -US$132.40 million (2010)
* estimated figure
* estimated figure


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