Burkina Faso

The landlocked country, Burkina Faso, has suffered from recurring droughts.It also has significant reserves of gold, but cotton is the economic mainstay for many Burkinabes.
Source: World Statistics Pocket Book - United Nations  
                                                                                                    Summary Statistics
Full NameBurkina Faso
RegionWestern Africa
Surface Area274,200 sq km (105,870 sq miles)
Population17.4 million (UN, 2012)
Major LanguagesFrench, indigenous languages
Major ReligionIndigenous beliefs, Islam, Christianity
CurrencyCFA Franc (XOF)
Main ExportsCotton, animal products, gold
International Dialing Code+226
                                                                                                    Economic Indicators
GDP (Million Current US $)201110,095
GDP – Growth Rate at Constant 2005 prices (Annual %)20115.1
GDP per Capita (Current US $)2011595.0
Gross Fixed Capital Formation (% of GDP)201123.0
BOP – Current Account (Million US $)2011...
CPI (2000 = 100)2011135
Labor force participation, adult female pop. (%)201177.5 
Labor force participation, adult male pop. (%)201190.4
Internet users (per 100 inhabitants)20113.0
Exports (Million US$)20112,312.4 
Imports (Million US$)20112,406.4
Major trading partners (% of exports)2011Switzerland (69.2), South Africa (10.3), Singapore (4.7)
Major trading partners (% of imports)2011France (12.1), Côte d'Ivoire (10.7), China (9.8)
                                                                                                    Social Indicators
Population growth rate (Average annual %) 2010-20153.0
Urban population growth rate (Average annual %) 2010-20156.0
Rural population growth rate (Average annual %) 2010-20151.8
Urban population (%) 201227.4
Life expectancy at birth (Females and Males, years) 2010-201557.0/55.0
Infant mortality rate (Per 1 000 live births) 2010-201571.0
Fertility rate, total (Live births per woman) 2010-20155.8
Education: Government expenditure (% of GDP) 2006-20124.0
Threatened species 201227
Forested area (% of land area) 201021.0
CO2 emission estimates (000 metric tons and metric tons per capita) 20091,667/0.1