Quick Facts About Burkina Faso
|Population||20 million people|
|Size||274,200 square km|
|Major Languages||French, indigenous languages|
|Major Religions||Indigenous beliefs, Islam, Christianity|
|Life Expectancy||59 years (men), 61 years (women)|
|Main Exports||Gold, Cotton, and Animal products|
Burkina Faso is a landlocked country in West Africa, south of the Sahara, and translates to “the land of incorruptible people”. It was formerly known as Upper Volta, and adopted its current name after it gained its independence from France August 5, 1960. Burkina Faso is a leader in African art and culture, and has made strides in the areas of climate action and sustainable energy.
Despite the progress made, 40% of Burkina Faso’s population live below the national poverty line, and the country continues to deal with a number of other challenges, particularly in the areas of health, education, and national security. Burkina Faso is also prone to increasingly frequent and severe natural disasters such as drought, floods and climate-related pest invasions and diseases.
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