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: 13 393 000 (2004 est). Area: 273 200 sq
km (105 900 sq miles)
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