Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso Overview

Burkina Faso lies about 600 miles east of the Atlantic Ocean in the western “bulge” of Africa. The country was formerly called Upper Volta. In 1984, its name was changed to Burkina Faso. Burkina is a name for the country’s people. Burkina Faso means land of the honest people.

Landlocked Burkina Faso is one of Africa’s poorest and least developed countries. It consists mostly of wooded, grassy plains atop a plateau. The dry, rocky landscape turns green for only a few months each year.

CLIMATE

Burkina Faso’s climate is cool and dry from November through to February, and hot and dry between March and April. From May to October, it is wet and hot. The average temperatures for most of the year in Burkina Faso ranges from 68 to 95 °F (20 to 35 °C).

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

CAPITAL: Ouagadougou
POPULATION: 15.2 million
LANGUAGE: French
CURRENCY: CFA Franc BCEAO
ELECTRIC CURRENT: 220V, 50Hz. To power any electrical item an international adapter or a two pin plug is required.
COUNTRY DIALLING CODE: +226
TIME ZONE: GMT/UTC 0