("Unity, Progress, Justice")
|Anthem: Une Seule Nuit (French)
One Single Night – Thomas Sankara
and largest city
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|Recognised regional languages||Mòoré, Dioula (Bambara)|
|Demonym||Burkinabé (also Burkinabè and Burkinabe)|
|•||Prime Minister||Luc-Adolphe Tiao|
|•||from France||5 August 1960|
|•||Total||274,200 km2 (74th)
105,869 sq mi
|•||Water (%)||0.146 %|
|•||2010 estimate||15,730,977 (61st)|
|GDP (PPP)||2010 estimate|
|GDP (nominal)||2010 estimate|
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|HDI (2007)|| 0.389
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|Currency||West African CFA franc (XOF)|
|•||Summer (DST)||not observed (UTC)|
|Drives on the||right|
|1.||The data here is an estimation for the year 2005 produced by the International Monetary Fund in April 2005.|
Burkina Faso also known by its short-form name Burkina, is a landlocked nation in West Africa. It is surrounded by six countries: Mali to the north, Niger to the east, Benin to the south east, Togo and Ghana to the south, and Côte d'Ivoire to the south west. Formerly called the Republic of Upper Volta, it was renamed on August 4, 1984, by President Thomas Sankara to mean "the land of upright people" in Moré and Dioula, the major native languages of the country. Literally, "Burkina" may be translated, "men of integrity," from the Moré language, and "Faso" means "father's house" in Dioula. The inhabitants of Burkina Faso are known as Burkinabé.
Burkina Faso's capital is Ouagadougou. After gaining independence from France in 1960, the country underwent many governmental changes until arriving at its current form, a semi-presidential republic. The president is Blaise Compaoré.