Burkina Faso (pronounced /bərˌkiːnə ˈfɑːsoʊ/ burr-KEE-nə FAH-soh; French: [byʁkina faso]), also known by its short-form name Burkina, is a landlocked nation 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 Cote d'Ivoire to the south west. Its size is 274,000 km² with an estimated population of more than 13,200,000. Formerly called the Republic of Upper Volta, it was renamed on August 4, 1984, by President Thomas Sankara to mean "the land of upright people" in Moré and Dioula, the major native languages of the country. Literally, "Burkina" may be translated, "men of integrity," from the Moré language, and "Faso" means "father's house" in Dioula. The inhabitants of Burkina Faso are known as Burkinabè (pronounced /bərˈkiːnəbeɪ/ burr-KEE-nə-bay).
Religion in Burkina Faso
According to the 2006 census, 61% of the people of Burkina Faso are Muslims, predominantly Sunni, 19% are Roman Catholics 15% follow indigenous African beliefs and 4% are Protestants. Less than 0.1% are Buddhists.There are very few atheists in Burkina Faso.
- The Complete Book of Buddha's Lists -- Explained. David N. Snyder, Ph.D., 2006.
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