Officially: Burkina Faso


  • Population: 18.6 million
  • Major languages: French, indigenous languages
  • Major religions: Indigenous beliefs, Islam, Christianity
  • Life expectancy: 59 years (men), 61 years (women)
  • Currency: Communauté Financière Africaine (BCEAO) Franc (XOF)


  • Area: 274,200 sq km (105,870 sq miles)

Safety and Security

Risk level high due to the threat of kidnapping, terrorism and armed banditry.

Travel advisory map from the UK Gov

News & Resources

Last Updated on March 12, 2019