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Burkina Faso is one of the west African countries. During its colonial times and earlier decades of independence, it was also known as Upper Volta, a name derived from the Volta river.
Burkina Faso is landlocked. It borders Mali in the west and the north, Niger in the northeast and east, Benin in the southeast, Togo and Ghana in the south and Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) in the southwest.