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a republic in W Africa: formerly part of French West Africa. 106,111 sq. mi. (274,827 sq. km).
Capital: Ouagadougou.
an inland republic in W Africa: dominated by Mossi kingdoms (10th–19th centuries); French protectorate established in 1896; became an independent republic in 1960; consists mainly of a flat savanna plateau. Official language: French; Mossi and other African languages also widely spoken. Religion: mostly animist, with a large Muslim minority. Currency: franc. Capital: Ouagadougou. Pop: 17 812 961 (2013 est). Area: 273 200 sq km (105 900 sq miles) Former name (until 1984) Upper Volta
Burkina Faso [(buhr-kee-nuh fah-soh)]


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