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Burkina Faso

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Table of Contents

Burkina Faso - Country information


Local short name form

Official name



23 409 015 (2024 projection) [1]



International telephone access code


ISO 3166 country codes

Car nationality plate code


Internet country code


GRC Country Code


Burkina Faso - Number format

   Note: This section last updated 2nd April 2021

In Fula (Fulfulde), Adlam script:


(where image indicates the decimal separator and image the thousands separator). Numbers in Adlam are written from right to left.

In Fula (Fulfulde), Latin script; and French:

   1 234,45

(where , indicates the decimal separator and a space the thousands separator)

Burkina Faso - Date and time formats


   Note: This section last updated 2nd April 2021

In Fula (Fulfulde), Adlam script:


In Fula (Fulfulde), Latin script; and French:


Burkina Faso - Languages


The official language is French External. 70 other languages are spoken. The most widespread of these are: Malba Birifor External (108 000 speakers); Bissa External (400 000 speakers); Southern Bobo Madaré External (150 000 speakers); Bwamu External (140 000 speakers); Northern Dagara External (287 000 speakers); Dogon External (138 000 speakers); Fulfulde External (1 038 000 speakers); Gourmanchéma External (359 000 speakers); Jula External (1 000 000 speakers); Kasem External (100 000 speakers); Koromfé External (151 000 speakers); Lobi External (285 500 speakers); Lyélé External (225 000 speakers); Marka External (200 000 speakers); Mòoré External (4 500 000 speakers); Southern Nuni External (150 000 speakers) and Songai External (122 700 speakers).

Burkina Faso - Example address format


   Note: This section last updated 16th January 2022



Any address written in a non-native language will be written in French. Deliveries are made only to post office boxes (Boîte Postale, or BP). For larger settlements (Ouagadougou, Bobo-Dioulasso and Ouahigouya), their name is followed by a two-digit sorting code and the same number precedes the post office box number, as in the example above.

As in French, the surname of the person being addressed is usually written in upper case.

Though postal deliveries are only to mailing addresses, street addresses will be found for the use of couriers, visitors etc. As not all streets are named, these may often be descriptive and unstructured using directionals such as “Behind the Cinema”, “Next to the Petrol Station” and “in the vicinity of the Bank”.






   A table containing information about the relevant position of elements within address blocks can be acquired External

Burkina Faso - Post office box


This is written as Boîte Postale, or BP.

Burkina Faso - Postal codes


   Note: This section last updated 16th January 2022

At the end of 2021, La Poste Burkina Faso announced a postal code system with codes consisting of 5 digits placed in front of the city name on the final line of the address block. The first digit cannot be 0. When this code is used, the sorting code after the city name, and the same code in front of the post office box indicator, are dropped. For example:

Old system:

           01 BP 784 
           OUAGADOUGOU 01 

New system:

           BP 784 
           10010 OUAGADOUGOU 

The post office box number may be followed by a post office name.

There is no sign yet of any actual implementation of this code.

Burkina Faso - Postal code format graphic


Burkina Faso - Postal code format

Burkina Faso - Postal code specifics

Burkina Faso - Postal code regular expression


Burkina Faso - Postal code level of coverage


Burkina Faso - Postal code map


Burkina Faso - Administrative districts


Burkina Faso has 45 provinces External, not used in addresses:

    Balé External
    Bam External
    Banwa External
    Bazèga External
    Bougouriba External
    Boulgou External
    Boulkiemdé External
    Comoé External
    Ganzourgou External
    Gnagna External
    Gourma External
    Houet External
    Ioba External
    Kadiogo External
    Kénédougou External
    Komandjari External
    Kompienga External
    Kossi External
    Koupélogo External
    Kouritenga External
    Kourwéogo External
    Léraba External
    Loroum External
    Mouhoun External
    Nahouri External
    Namentenga External
    Nayala External
    Naumbiel External
    Oubritenga External
    Oudalan External
    Passoré External
    Poni External
    Samentenga External
    Sanguié External
    Séno External
    Sissili External
    Soum External
    Sourou External
    Tapoa External
    Tuy External
    Yagha External
    Yatenga External
    Ziro External
    Zondomo External
    Zoundwéogo External

Administrative districts graphic


Telephone numbers in Burkina Faso


   Note: This section last updated 20th July 2023

Burkina Faso telephone numbers have no area codes. Subscriber numbers are 8 digits long. Mobile numbers commence with 01, 02, 03, 05, 06, 50, 54, 551-555, 56-58, 6 or 7.

   Tables of telephone number information/formats can be acquired – see http://www.grcdi.nl/telephone.htm External 

Properties with value Burkina Faso


  1. ^ citypopulation.de/en/burkinafaso/admin/ External 20240123

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