Burkina Faso

Capital
Ouagadougou

Area
105,869 sq mi
274,200 sq km


Population
13,228,460 est 2003

Largest city
Ouagadougou
pop. 962,100


Languages
French (official), native African languages belonging to Sudanic family spoken by 90% of the population

Peoples
Mossi over 40%, Gurunsi, Senufo, Lobi, Bobo, Mande, Fulani

Religion
Islam 50%, indigenous beliefs 40%, Christian (mainly Roman Catholic) 10%

Life Expectancy
total population: 44.2 years
male: 42.62 years
female: 45.83 years (2004 est.)


Literacy
total population: 26.6%
male: 36.9%
female: 16.6% (2003 est.)


Suffrage
Universal

Government
Parliamentary republic


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