In this series of articles we overview languages present in any given country. This time we are looking at the languages spoken in Burkina Faso

The biggest languages present in Burkina Faso include:

  • French – 5.02 million speakers;
  • Mossi – 10.03 million speakers;
  • Fula – 1.67 million speakers;
  • Lobi – 418 thousand speakers;
  • Bobo – 209 thousand speakers;
  • Gourmanch√© – 1.25 million speakers;
  • Bissa – 627 thousand speakers;
  • Bwamu – 418 thousand speakers;
  • Dagara – 418 thousand speakers;
  • Samo – 418 thousand speakers;

The sole official language of the country is French.

Below you will find summaries for the languages supported by our translation services.


French is a Romance language, closely related to Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, Catalan, and other languages of the same branch of the language family. It is the sole official language of Burkina Faso.

French language summary
Number of speakers worldwide274 million
Language familyIndo-European
WritingFrench alphabet
Major French-speaking populations in:49 countries

Demographics and geographic distribution

French is spoken by around 274 million people around the world. Guinean, Haitian, and Senegalese markets, for example, might be expected to use French in business and daily communications, at least to some extent.

More than 5.02 million residents of Burkina Faso understand French.


French uses the Latin alphabet. It employs the extended version of the script, however, with 16 additional symbols. It is written from left to right.

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