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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's high population density and limited natural resources result in poor economic prospects for the majority of its citizens.


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Communications

Telephones - main lines in use World Ranking: 137
141,500 (2011)

Telephones - mobile cellular World Ranking: 87
7.682 million (2011)

Telephone system
General assessment
System includes microwave radio relay, open-wire, and radiotelephone communication stations; in 2006 the government sold a 51 percent stake in the national telephone company and ultimately plans to retain only a 23 percent stake in the company
Domestic
Fixed-line connections stand at less than 1 per 100 persons; mobile-cellular usage, fostered by multiple providers, is increasing rapidly from a low base
International
Country code - 226; satellite earth station - 1 Intelsat (Atlantic Ocean) (2011)

Broadcast media
2 TV stations - 1 state-owned and 1 privately-owned; state-owned radio runs a national and regional network; substantial number of privately-owned radio stations; transmissions of several international broadcasters available in Ouagadougou (2007)

Internet country code
.bf

Internet hosts World Ranking: 162
1,833 (2010)

Internet users World Ranking: 144
178,100 (2009)


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  Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou):


  GPS points from Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)

Ourofou Burkina Faso (general)

Vato Burkina Faso (general)

Nobihili Burkina Faso (general)

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Kene Kene Kossi

Bisigen Boulkiemde

Sogpelse Boulkiemde

Zennloua Burkina Faso (general)




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