Saturday, May 1, 2010

Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou Cost of Living April 2010

Country Full Name: Burkina Faso.

Location: Burkina Faso is in Western Africa, north of Ghana.

Country Climate: Tropical; warm, dry winters; hot, wet summers.

Country Terrain: Mostly flat to dissected, undulating plains; hills in west and southeast.

Major Languages: French, indigenous languages.

Major Religions: Indigenous beliefs, Islam, Christianity.

Country Population: 14.0 million (2008 est.) 14.4 million (2009 est.).

Country Economy: The economy of Burkina Faso is one of the poorest in the world. More than 80 percent of the population relies on subsistence agriculture, with only a small fraction directly involved in industry and services.

Currency: CFA Franc (XOF).

Country Inflation: 10.7% (2008 est.) 3.8% (2009 est.).

City: Ouagadougou is the capital of Burkina Faso and the administrative, communications, cultural and economic center of the nation. It is also the country's largest city.

City Economy: Ouagadougou's primary industries are food processing and textiles.

Cost of Living: Ouagadougou has an overall cost of living index which equates it with high cost of living locations. The overall cost of living index is comprised of the prices for defined quantities of the same goods and services across all 13 Basket Groups. Ouagadougou is currently ranked 90 overall, most expensive place in the world for expatriates to live, out of 282 international locations.

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