Flag of Burkina Faso

Flag of Burkina Faso

The flag of Burkina Faso consists of two horizontal stripes in red and green colors and a golden star located in the center of the flag on the borderline of these stripes. The colors used are typical examples of pan-African colors, however, the official explanation says that the red symbolizes the socialist revolution and that the green color stands for natural wealth of the country. Burkina Faso was a French colony until 1960 and it was called Upper Volta. The flag has been adopted in 1984 when the country was renamed to Burkina Faso (in translation "a country of unbribables") after the series of military coups. The colors also refer to solidarity towards other African nations and the golden star recalls the guiding light of the revolution.

Country information

Independent Yes
Country codes BF, BFA (ISO 3166-1)
Official name Burkina Faso
Capital city Ouagadougou
Continent Africa
Member of United Nations, African Union, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation
Population 20 870 060 (2019)
Total area 274 222 km2
Highest point Mount Tenakourou (749 m, 2 457 ft)
Lowest point Black Volta (200 m, 656 ft)
GDP per capita $ 715 (World Bank, 2018)
Currency West African CFA franc (Fr, XOF)
Calling code +226
Internet TLD .bf

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