Centre Region (Burkina Faso)

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Centre
Region
Aerial view of Ouagadougou
Aerial view of Ouagadougou
Location in Burkina Faso
Location in Burkina Faso
Coordinates: 12°20′N 1°30′W / 12.333°N 1.500°W / 12.333; -1.500Coordinates: 12°20′N 1°30′W / 12.333°N 1.500°W / 12.333; -1.500
Country  Burkina Faso
Capital Ouagadougou
Area
 • Total 1,083 sq mi (2,805 km2)
Population (2011)
 • Total 2,136,581 (est.)
Time zone GMT 0 (UTC+0)

Centre is one of Burkina Faso's 13 administrative regions. The population of Centre was 1,523,980 in 2006 and increased by 40.2% in 5 years to 2,136,581 in 2011 (est.).[1] It is the most populous and urbanised region in Burkina Faso; in 2006 11.1% of Burkina's population lived in Centre.[2] The region's capital is Ouagadougou, which also serves as the national capital. Centre region consists of only one province, Kadiogo.

Education[edit]

Adult (15+) literacy in the region increased from 55% in 2003 to 63% in 2007.[3] In 2011 the region had 869 primary schools and 354 secondary schools (25% of the national total).[4] The University of Ouagadougou is also located in the region and had around 40,000 students in 2010 (83% of the national population of university students).[5]

Transportation[edit]

The region is junction for many of the nation's roads and is the terminus of the only railway in the country. Ouagadougou International Airport is located in the region and as of June 2014 the airport had regularly scheduled flights to most major cities in West Africa as well as Paris, Brussels and Istanbul.

Administrative Areas[edit]

The Provinces of Centre
Province Capital Population
(Census 2006)[2]
Kadiogo Province Ouagadougou 1,523,980

References[edit]

  1. ^ "La région du Centre en chiffres". Institut National de la Statistique et de la Démographie (INSD). 2011. p. 6. 
  2. ^ a b National 2006 census preliminary results [1]
  3. ^ "La région du Centre en chiffres". Institut National de la Statistique et de la Démographie (INSD). 2011. p. 6. 
  4. ^ "La région du Centre en chiffres". Institut National de la Statistique et de la Démographie (INSD). 2011. p. 6. 
  5. ^ Government of France, MINISTERE DES AFFAIRES ETRANGERES ET EUROPEENNES, AMBASSADE DE FRANCE AU BURKINA FASO, FICHE BURKINA FASO, (French)http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/IMG/pdf/BURKINA_18-5-11__2_.pdf