Description flag of Burkina Faso
two equal horizontal bands of red (top) and green with a yellow five-pointed star in the center
uses the popular pan-African colors of Ethiopia
Upper Volta, Republic of Upper Volta
Burkinabe (singular and plural) (noun) Burkina Faso (adjective)
French (official), native African languages belonging to Sudanic family spoken by 90% of the population
15,264,735 ranked 64, (data 2008)
landlocked savanna cut by the three principal rivers of the Black, Red, and White Voltas. The lowest point is Mouhoun (Black Volta) River 200 m.
3,193km, Benin 306 km, Cote d'Ivoire 584 km, Ghana 549 km, Mali 1,000 km, Niger 628 km, Togo 126 km.
45 provinces; Bale, Bam, Banwa, Bazega, Bougouriba, Boulgou, Boulkiemde, Comoe, Ganzourgou, Gnagna, Gourma, Houet, Ioba, Kadiogo, Kenedougou, Komondjari, Kompienga, Kossi, Koulpelogo, Kouritenga, Kourweogo, Leraba, Loroum, Mouhoun, Nahouri, Namentenga, Nayala, Noumbiel, Oubritenga, Oudalan, Passore, Poni, Sanguie, Sanmatenga, Seno, Sissili, Soum, Sourou, Tapoa, Tuy, Yagha, Yatenga, Ziro, Zondoma, Zoundweogo
5 August 1960 (from France)