Burkina Faso



Area 274,220 Km2
Population 17.2 Millions
HDI Rank 183 (over 186 countries)
Capital City Ouagadougou
Demographic distribution Mossi over 40%, other approximately 60% (includes Gurunsi, Senufo, Lobi, Bobo, Mande, and Fulani)
Spoken languages French is the official language, a large number of local languages are spoken.
Religious beliefs Animist, Islam and Christian
Political regime the ruling party is Congres pour las democratie et le Progres (CDP); others are - Parti pour las democratie et le progres Parti socialiste (PDP-PS), Union nationale pour la democratie et le developpement (UNDD), Alliance pour la democratie et la federation-Rassemblement democratique africain (ADF-RDA), Coalition des forces democratiques(CFD), Parti africain de l'independence (PAI), Parti pour las renaissance - Mouvement sankariste (UNIR-MS), Parti pour la democratie et la socialisme (PDS), Convention national des democrates progressistes(CNPD) plus Alternance 2005 (an opposition coalition)
Head of State Michel Kafando (Acting President), Yacouba Isaac Zida (Acting Prime Minister)
Associations with International Organisations UN, African Union (AU), Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the overlapping Economic and Monetary Union of West Africa (UEMOA), Organisation de la Francophonie (OIF), Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC), Community of Sahel and Saharan States (COMESSA, or CENSAD).
Investment Promotion Agency Agence Nationale de Promotion des Investissements (ANPI)
Sources: Foreign & Commonwealth Office, The World Factbook