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Country Burkina Faso


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Region Western Africa
Area (sq km) 274,200
Area (sq mile) 105,869
Border Benin, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Togo
Population 18,931,686
Nationality Burkinabe
Ethnic Mossi over 40%, Gurunsi, Senufo, Lobi, Bobo, Mande, Fulani and other approximately 60%
Religion Muslim 60.5%, Catholic 19%, Animist 15.3%, Protestant 4.2%, other 0.6%, none 0.4%
Language French, native African languages belonging to Sudanic family
Literacy 22%
Government Parliamentary Republic
Capital Ougadougou
Leader President Roch Marc Kabore (since December 29, 2015); Prime Minister Paul Kaba Thieba (since January 6, 2016)
Currency Communaute Financiere Africaine franc (XOF)
Independence Day Aug. 5, 1960 (from France)
National Holiday Republic Day (Dec. 11, 1958)
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