Five things to know about Burkina Faso, where six Canadians were killed

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso -- Five things to know about Burkina Faso, the West African country where six Canadians were killed in a terrorist attack that ended Saturday:

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Population: 17.4 million

Demographics: 45 per cent of the population is 14 years old or younger, and the median age of the population is 17

Languages: Burkina Faso was a French colony until 1960, so the country's official language is French, but 90 per cent of the population speaks local languages

Head of State: President Roch Marc Kabore, came to power less than a month ago -- on Dec. 29, 2015.

Relations with Canada: Canada is the largest foreign investor in Burkina Faso, and has been since the country's gold mining boom in 2008.

SOURCE: Global Affairs Canada and U.S. Central Intelligence Agency



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