Five things to know about Burkina Faso, where six Canadians were killed
In this Jan. 16, 2016, a soldier stand guards outside the Splendid Hotel in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. (Sunday Alamba / AP Photo)
The Canadian Press
Published Saturday, January 16, 2016 5:47PM EST
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:
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