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Burkina Faso

Background

Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso (formerly Upper Volta) achieved independence from France in 1960. Repeated military coups during the 1970s and 1980s were followed by multiparty elections in the early 1990s. Current President Blaise COMPAORE came to power in a 1987 military coup and has won every election since then. Burkina Faso's high population density and limited natural resources result in poor economic prospects for the majority of its citizens. Recent unrest in Cote d'Ivoire and northern Ghana has hindered the ability of several hundred thousand seasonal Burkinabe farm workers to find employment in neighboring countries.

About

Burkina Faso , formerly Upper Volta, is a landlocked country 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.

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Burkina FasoLaico Ouaga 2000 

Avenue Pascal Zagré 01
Ouagadougou BP 1603
Burkina Faso

Price (US$): $261 - $307 / night

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Location. Laico Ouaga 2000 is a business friendly hotel located in Ouagadougou and local attractions include Ouagadougou Cathedral, Central Market, and Place des Cineastes. Other area points of interest include Stade du 4 Aout and University of Ouagadougou. Hotel Features. Laico Ouaga 2000 features a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a spa tub, a sauna, and a fitness facility. Spa amenities include… more »

Burkina FasoL'Hotel Le Silmande 

Route de Kaya BP 4733
Ouagadougou
Burkina Faso

Price (US$): $121 - $190 / night

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Location. L'Hotel Le Silmande is a business friendly hotel located in central Ouagadougou, close to University of Ouagadougou, Central Market, and Place des Cineastes. Additional points of interest include Ouagadougou Cathedral. Hotel Features. Dining options at L'Hotel Le Silmande include 2 restaurants. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves buffet breakfasts each morning in the dining room (surcharges apply).… more »

Burkina FasoSplendid Hotel 

Avenue K. N Krumah, 01 BP. 1715
Ouagadougou
Burkina Faso

Price (US$): $197 - $265 / night

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Location. Located in central Ouagadougou, Splendid Hotel is near the airport and close to Central Market, Ouagadougou Cathedral, and Place des Cineastes. Nearby points of interest also include University of Ouagadougou and Stade du 4 Aout. Hotel Features. Splendid Hotel's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. This 3.5 star property has a business center. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. The property has a… more »

Burkina FasoAzalai Hotel Independance 

01 BP 1270
Ouagadougou 01BP127
Burkina Faso

Price (US$): $197 - $287 / night

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Location. Azalai Hotel Independance is located in central Ouagadougou, close to Central Market, Place des Cineastes, and Ouagadougou Cathedral. Nearby points of interest also include University of Ouagadougou and Stade du 4 Aout. Hotel Features. Azalai Hotel Independance features a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool. This 3 star property has a business center. This Ouagadougou property has 7 meeting rooms. The property has a… more »

Burkina FasoPacific Hotel 

Avenue de l UEMOA, 01 BP 5818
Ouagadougou
Burkina Faso

Price (US$): $166 - $217 / night

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Location. Located in central Ouagadougou, Pacific Hotel is near the airport and close to Central Market, Ouagadougou Cathedral, and Place des Cineastes. Nearby points of interest also include University of Ouagadougou and Stade du 4 Aout. Hotel Features. Pacific Hotel's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool. This 3 star property has a business center and offers a meeting/conference room and audiovisual… more »

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Burkina Faso

Capital
Ouagadougou
Location

Western Africa, north of Ghana

Geographic coordinates

13 00 N, 2 00 W

Area comparative

slightly larger than Colorado

Border countries

Benin 306 km, Cote d'Ivoire 584 km, Ghana 549 km, Mali 1,000 km, Niger 628 km, Togo 126 km

Coastline

0 km (landlocked)

Climate

tropical; warm, dry winters; hot, wet summers

Terrain

mostly flat to dissected, undulating plains; hills in west and southeast

Lowest point

Mouhoun (Black Volta) River 200 m

Highest point

Tena Kourou 749 m

Natural resources

manganese, limestone, marble; small deposits of gold, phosphates, pumice, salt

Population

16,241,811

Ethnic groups

Mossi over 40%, other approximately 60% (includes Gurunsi, Senufo, Lobi, Bobo, Mande, and Fulani)

Religions

Muslim 50%, indigenous beliefs 40%, Christian (mainly Roman Catholic) 10%

Languages

French (official), native African languages belonging to Sudanic family spoken by 90% of the population

Government type

parliamentary republic

Independence

5 August 1960 (from France)

National holiday

Republic Day, 11 December (1958); note - commemorates the day that Upper Volta became an autonomous republic in the French Community

Chief of state

President Blaise COMPAORE (since 15 October 1987)

Head of government

Prime Minister Tertius ZONGO (since 4 June 2007)

Internet country code

.bf

Internet users

178,100 (2009)

Airports

24 (2010)

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