17 Outstanding Facts About Ouagadougou

Like to know a little more about the capital cities of the world? Take a look at these 17 facts about Ouagadougou!

Geographical stats…

  1. Ouagadougou is the capital city of Burkina Faso.
  2. Wondering how to say the name of this wonderful city? It’s pronounced Wah-gah-doo-goo, although it’s often shortened to Ouaga, pronounced Wah-gah.
  3. The total land area of Ouagadougou is 1,083 square miles (2,805 square kilometres)…
  4. …that’s around 1.5 times the size of Greater London.
  5. Ouagadougou’s population was 2,741,000 in 2015…
  6. …that’s less than 1/3 of the population of Greater London!
  7. That gives it a population density of around 2,531 residents per square mile.
  8. Ouagadougou is located 1,001 ft above sea level.
  9. Residents of Ouagadougou are known as Burkinabe.
  10. Burkinabe living in Ouagadougou enjoy a hot, semi-arid climate with three seasons; hot, cold and rainy! The average annual temperature is 28°C, although temperatures can reach up to 48°C!
  11. Looking to fly yourself to Ouagadougou? You’ll need the coordinates of 12.3572° N, 1.5353° W.
  12. Make sure you visit Ouagadougou Cathedral if you’re in Ouagadougou; it’s a mud brick cathedral which was built in the 1930’s and is one of the largest cathedrals in West Africa! Despite being constructed from mud brick, the architecture is stunningly intricate and the interior is light and airy.

Social intricacies

  1. The official language of Ouagadougou is French.
  2. Did you know that Ouagadougou apparently translates to ‘You are welcome here at home with us’? Lovely!
  3. West African CFA Franc is the official currency here.
  4. Burkina Faso welcomed 218,000 tourists into the country in 2013, many of whom visited Ouagadougou for its incredible wildlife park and stunning architecture.

Bonus Fact!

  1. Do you know someone lucky enough to live in Ouagadougou? You can make cheap calls to Ouagadougou with Cherry Call – don’t forget, you’ll also need to use the international dialling code of 00226.

To keep up-to-date with what’s going on in Ouagadougou, head over to the aOuaga website.

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