Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso is a landlocked country in West Africa. It covers an area of around 274,200 square kilometers and is surrounded by six countries: Mali to the north; Niger to the east; Benin to the southeast; Togo and Ghana to the south; and Ivory Coast to the southwest.

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 Key Cities

Key cities in Burkina include: Ouagadougou, Bobo-Dioulasso, Ouahigouya, Banfora, Koudougou, Kaya, Fada Ngourma, Tenkodogo, Hounde, Dedougou

Historical, Cultural facts & Religion

A former French colony, it gained independence as Upper Volta in 1960. The name Burkina Faso, which means “Land of Incorruptible People,” was adopted in 1984. The capital, Ouagadougou, is in the center of the country and lies about 500 miles (800 km) from the Atlantic Ocean.

More than 40% follow animist beliefs; 50% are Muslim and 10% Christian (mostly Roman Catholic).

The culture of Burkina Faso is also called the Burkinabé culture. Burkina Faso is a religiously diverse society, with Islam being the dominant religion.

Brief Country History

Burkina Faso is situated in West Africa and it is a landlocked country. The nation is a neighbor to six countries; Ivory Coast to the southwest, Benin to the southeast, Ghana and Togo to the south, Niger to the east, and Mali to the north. The country was initially referred to as the Republic of Upper Volta and was renamed ‘Burkina Faso’ by Thomas Sankara, on 4th August 1984.

The country’s history is made up of the history of a number of kingdoms, for instance, the Mossi Kingdoms, French colonization of the region, and its sovereignty in 1960 as the Republic of Upper Volta.

From 14,000 BC to 5,000 BC, the northwest region of modern-day Burkina Faso was inhabited by hunter-gatherers and their tools such as arrowheads, chisels, and scrapers were found in 1973 via archaeological digs. Agricultural villages were then formed between 3600 and 2600 BC.

The Iron-Age Civilization era was experienced from the 3rd to the 13th centuries AD via the Bura culture. This culture was found in the present-day southeast region of Burkina Faso and southwest Niger. This era was characterized by smelting and forging of weapons and tools.

Language (s) Written & Spoken

Burkina Faso is a multilingual country. An estimated 70 languages are spoken there, of which about 66 are indigenous. The Mossi language is spoken by about 40% of the population, mainly in the central region around the capital, Ouagadougou. French is the official language. English is very rarely spoken.

Important Types of Commerce in Burkina Faso

The most important industry in Burkina Faso is agriculture. Data shows that at least 80% of the population in the country depends on subsistence agriculture. However, there is a section of the population that works in the services and industry sectors, which also play a vital role in the economy. Unfortunately, most of the industries are owned by the government, which is ineffective.

The major export partners of the country are Benin and Togo with the two nations taking in around 25.9% and 12% of exports from Burkina Faso respectively. Most of the imports into Burkina Faso come from Côte d’Ivoire (18.9%) and Pakistan (18.1%).

 Language Services US and others will provide working with Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso ranks first in Africa because of safe investments. Doing business with Burkina Faso and reach the wider market will require translation and interpretation of Mossi and French language as English is very rarely spoken. Accuracy is very important when carrying out interpreting because this is the only way the exact or intended message can be put across in the other language.

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