Imports$2.327 billion (2011 est.)
Exports$2.173 billion (2011 est.)
Inflation rate (consumer prices)2.8% (2011 est.)
Unemployment rate77% (2004)
GDP - per capita (PPP)$1,500 (2011 est.)
National product real growth rate5.2% (2010 est.)
Internet users178,100 (2009)
Telephones - mobile cellular5.708 million (2009)
Population growth rate3.073% (2012 est.)
Population17,275,115 (July 2012 est.)
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 is a poor, landlocked country that relies heavily on cotton and gold exports for revenue.
The country has few natural resources and a weak industrial base.
About 90% of the population is engaged in subsistence agriculture, which is vulnerable to periodic drought....