Ouagadougou

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Ouagadougou
Nickname(s): Ouaga
Location of Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso
Coordinates: 12°21′26″N 1°32′7″W / 12.35722°N 1.53528°W / 12.35722; -1.53528Coordinates: 12°21′26″N 1°32′7″W / 12.35722°N 1.53528°W / 12.35722; -1.53528
Country  Burkina Faso
Region Centre Region
Province Kadiogo
Government
 • Mayor Simon Compaoré (since 1995)
Area
 • City 84.7 sq mi (219.3 km2)
 • Metro 1,083 sq mi (2,805 km2)
Elevation 1,001 ft (305 m)
Population (2006-Dec-09)
 • City 1,475,223
 • Density 17,420/sq mi (6,727/km2)
 • Metro 1,727,390

Ouagadougou is the capital of Burkina Faso. It is also the country's biggest city. In Ouagadougou, people mainly make clothing and food. Ouagadougou's mayor is chosen every five years. Ouagadougou is near the equator. It is always warm. In Ouagadougou, people speak French. Ouagadougou is one of the poorest cities in Africa. Almost 70% of its people can not read or write[1] but the city has ten universities.

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