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Interesting Facts about Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso Interesting Facts

Burkina Faso, officially People's Republic of Burkina Faso, is a country in Africa. Here are some interesting facts about Burkina Faso:

  • Burkina Faso is a landlocked country located in West Africa. It is bordered by Mali to the north and west, Niger to the east, Benin to the southeast, Togo and Ghana to the south, and Ivory Coast to the southwest.
  • Burkina Faso translates as "land of honest men" in the local language.
  • Burkina Faso has a total land area of 274,200 square kilometers.
  • The population of Burkina Faso is approximately 20.9 million people.
  • Ouagadougou is the capital and largest city of Burkina Faso.
  • Burkina Faso is a former French colony and gained independence in 1960.
  • The official language of Burkina Faso is French, and the local languages include Mòoré, Dioula, and Fulfulde.
  • Burkina Faso is one of the world's poorest countries, with a high level of poverty and unemployment.
  • The Grand Mosque of Bobo-Dioulasso is one of the largest mosques in West Africa and a popular tourist attraction.
  • The annual FESPACO film festival, held in Ouagadougou, is one of the largest African film festivals and showcases the best of African cinema.
  • The main export of Burkina Faso is gold.
  • In Burkina Faso, there exist 60 unique ethnic groups, each of which have their own distinctive form of traditional music. The Mossi ethnic group holds the highest population in the nation.
  • Burkina Faso is a country that's really good at making art and has the biggest market for handmade things in all of Africa.
  • In Burkina Faso, most people are very young - over 65% are under 25 years old.
  • Burkina Faso is famous for growing different things like peanuts, shea nuts, sesame, and cotton.
  • The Gounghin Market in Ouagadougou is a bustling market that sells everything from local crafts to fresh produce.
  • The Mossi people are the largest ethnic group in Burkina Faso, and their traditional dance, the "Baga Dance", is a popular cultural event.
  • The Burkina Faso National Museum in Ouagadougou houses a collection of cultural artifacts and displays on the country's history and traditions.
  • Burkina Faso is a member of several international organizations, including the United Nations, the African Union, and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
  • Burkina Faso has a tropical climate, with high temperatures and rainfall during the wet season.

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