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Country, West Africa. A landlocked country, it lies south of the Sahara Desert. Area: 103,456 sq mi (267,950 sq km). Population: (2009 est.) 15,757,000. Capital: Ouagadougou. Ethnic groups include the Mossi, Fulani, Mande, Bobo, Senufo, and Hausa. Languages: French (official), Moore, Dyula, and others. Religions: Islam, traditional beliefs, Christianity. Currency: CFA franc. Burkina Faso consists of an extensive plateau characterized by a savanna, grassy in the north and sparsely forested in the south. The plateau is notched by the valleys of the Black Volta (Mouhoun), Red Volta (Nazinon), and White Volta (Nakambé) rivers, which flow south into Ghana. The economy is largely agricultural. Burkina Faso is a multiparty republic with one legislative body; its head of state is the president and its head of government the prime minister. Probably in the 15th century, the Mossi and Gurma peoples established themselves in eastern and central areas. The Mossi kingdoms of Yatenga and Ouagadougou existed into the early 20th century. A French protectorate was established over the region (1895–97), and its southern boundary was demarcated through an Anglo-French agreement. It was part of the Upper Senegal–Niger (seeMali) colony, then became a separate colony in 1919. It was constituted an overseas territory within the French Union in 1947, became an autonomous republic within the French Community in 1958, and achieved total independence in 1960. Since then it has been ruled primarily by the military and has experienced several coups. The country received its present name in 1984. A new constitution, adopted in 1991, restored multiparty rule; elected government returned in the 1990s. Economic problems plagued the country at the beginning of the 21st century.
Variants of BURKINA FASO
Burkina Faso formerly Upper Volta
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