Facts & Figures

Country: Burkina Faso

Population: 17 million (UN, 2011 estimate)

Capital: Ouagadougou

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

Main languages: French (Official), local languages (including Moore and Doula)

Main religions: Islam, Christianity, indigenous beliefs

Life expectancy: 56 (WHO, 2011)

Literacy Rate: Adult [15+] 29%, Youth [15-24] 39% (UNESCO, 2007)

Urban Population (% of total): 27.4% (UN, 2012)

Population under 18 years: 8.8 million (UNICEF, 2011)

Child mortality: 146 children in every 1,000 likely to die before 5 years (WHO, 2011)

Child nutrition: 26% of children below 5 years underweight (WHO, 2012)

Number of children (0-17) who have lost one/both parents: 880,000 (UNICEF, 2011)