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Burkina Faso Quick Facts


  • Population is about 20 million.

  • Citizens of Burkina Faso are called Burkinabé. 


  • 80% of the population relies on their own agriculture to live whether it's farming for a profit or subsistence farming, according to UNICEF.



  • Burkina Faso ranks the 13th poorest country in the world on the human capital index and 40.1% of the population lives under the poverty line according to World Bank.



  • 75% of elementary-aged children are enrolled in school. 

  • 18% of boys and 13% of girls who are middle school-aged are enrolled in school, according to UNICEF.




  • The official language is French, but there are over 59 local languages according to Wikipedia. Most people speak a local language regularly, French is spoken in official spaces.

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