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Burkina Faso is pronounced bur·kee·nuh faa·sow” and is one of the 16 countries located in West Africa. The name Burkina Faso means “Land of Incorruptible People”. This country gained its independence on August 5, 1960. Continue reading below to learn more about the beautiful African country, Burkina Faso.

Flag of Burkina Faso

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What Does The Burkina Faso Flag Represent?

  • GREEN: symbolizes the country’s fertile land
  • RED: symbolizes the blood that flows during the revolution and the nation that loses its life
  • THE YELLOW STAR: symbolizes the democratic popular revolution

Where is Burkina Faso located?

Burkina Faso is located in West Africa bordered by Benin, Togo, Ghana, Mali, Niger, and Côte d’Ivoire.

World Data Locator Map, Burkina Faso

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What Timezone is the Burkina Faso in?

Greenwich Mean Time


Facts About Burkina Faso:

  1. Capital: Ouagadougou
  2. Population: 21 Million
  3. Burkina Faso is made up of 13 Administrative Regions
  4. Side of the road to drive on: right-hand side (same as the U.S.)


What Are The Official Languages of Burkina Faso?

French is the official language of Burkina Faso. Other languages spoken in this country include; Mooré and Dioula.

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What Is The Currency of Burkina Faso?

West African CFA franc (XOF) is used in Burkina Faso

$1 = 644.14

$20 = 12882.74

$60 = 38648.23

West African CFA franc bank notes

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What Are The Religions of Burkina Faso?

In Burkina Faso the 2 main religions practiced are; Islam (61%) and Christianity (23%).


What Are The Traditional Foods of Burkina Faso?


What the Holidays Celebrated in Burkina Faso?

August 5, 1960: Independence Day

Tourist Attractions

Places to visit in Burkina Faso:


I hope this information has given you more insight into Burkina Faso but there is so much more to learn! Visit their tourism website here to see more.

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