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Burkina Faso People

    Population: 11,575,898 (July 1999 est.)

    Age structure:
    0-14 years: 48% (male 2,792,895; female 2,759,072)
    15-64 years: 49% (male 2,700,253; female 2,978,168)
    65 years and over: 3% (male 147,017; female 198,493) (1999 est.)

    Population growth rate: 2.7% (1999 est.)

    Birth rate: 45.84 births/1,000 population (1999 est.)

    Death rate: 17.56 deaths/1,000 population (1999 est.)

    Net migration rate: -1.25 migrant(s)/1,000 population (1999 est.)

    Sex ratio:
    at birth: 1.03 male(s)/female
    under 15 years: 1.01 male(s)/female
    15-64 years: 0.91 male(s)/female
    65 years and over: 0.74 male(s)/female
    total population: 0.95 male(s)/female (1999 est.)

    Infant mortality rate: 107.19 deaths/1,000 live births (1999 est.)

    Life expectancy at birth:
    total population: 45.89 years
    male: 44.97 years
    female: 46.84 years (1999 est.)

    Total fertility rate: 6.56 children born/woman (1999 est.)

    Nationality:
    noun: Burkinabe (singular and plural)
    adjective: Burkinabe

    Ethnic groups: Mossi about 24%, Gurunsi, Senufo, Lobi, Bobo, Mande, Fulani

    Religions: indigenous beliefs 40%, Muslim 50%, Christian (mainly Roman Catholic) 10%

    Languages: French (official), tribal languages belonging to Sudanic family, spoken by 90% of the population

    Literacy:
    definition: age 15 and over can read and write
    total population: 19.2%
    male: 29.5%
    female: 9.2% (1995 est.)

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