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.)
About this country
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....
GDP in Burkina Faso grew by 9% in 2012, due to continuing improvements in agricultural productivity and the ongoing rapid expansion of gold mining. We now expect growth of 7.2% this year, up from our previous ...
The Economist Intelligence Unit
Outlook for 2014-15 Public anger over widespread corruption, the creation of a costly Senate and the high cost of living will continue to threaten political stability, as highlighted by recurrent outbreaks ...
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