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Koudougou is a city in Burkina Faso's Boulkiemdé Province. It is located 75 kilometres (47 mi) west of Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. With 131,825 inhabitants, as of 2006, it is the third largest city by population in Burkina Faso after Ouagadougou and Bobo Dioulasso and is mainly inhabited by the Gurunsi and Mossi ethnic groups.[2] Koudougou is situated on the only railway line in Burkina Faso and has some small industries, a market, a university and provincial government offices.

Koudougou
The Grand marché (Main Market) of Koudougou
The Grand marché (Main Market) of Koudougou
Coat of arms of Koudougou
Coat of arms
Koudougou is located in Burkina Faso
Koudougou
Koudougou
Location within Burkina Faso, French West Africa
Coordinates: 12°15′N 2°22′W / 12.250°N 2.367°W / 12.250; -2.367Coordinates: 12°15′N 2°22′W / 12.250°N 2.367°W / 12.250; -2.367
Country Burkina Faso
RegionCentre-Ouest Region
ProvinceBoulkiemdé Province
DepartmentKoudougou Department
Elevation
282 m (925 ft)
Population
 (2012)[1]
 • Total91,981
Time zoneUTC+0 (GMT)
Area code(s)+226 50

GeographyEdit

 
Location of Koudougou

Situated on the Mossi Plateau, the city is 75 kilometres (47 mi) west of Ouagadougou. In 1952 it was connected by rail to Ouagadougou and Abidjan. It is situated along the N13 road south of Sabou and north of Yako. The N21 road connects the city to Réo and the N14 connects it with Dédougou.

Although the city's administrative borders used to extend further, the city currently encompasses 15 surrounding villages.

EconomyEdit

 
Street in Koudougou
 
Koudougou's Market

The economy of the city is dominated by agriculture with annual GDP for the city amounting to around 17.5 billion CFA (apx. $36 million).[3] The city has small industries such as a soap, shea butter, cotton and various textile factories. As of February 2007, the city had radio-television production and broadcasting installations for Tele-Yaka, a clothing recycling and manufacturing workshop, an experimental mango and green-leaf vegetable plantation, a metal forge for construction and maintenance of farming tools and implements, a metal waste-management and metal engineering workshop geared towards machine parts and motor components, an electronics repair shop and an open-air exhibition space for local sculptors.[citation needed]

Distribution of economic activities by gender[citation needed]
Type of Activity Men Women Together
Agriculture 86,3% 89,7% 88,1%
Processing 1,1 3,7 2,5
Construction 1,2 0,0 0,6
Trade 2,7 3,1 3,0
Transportation and Telecommunications 0,4 0,1 0,2
Merchant Services 3,8 1,4 2,5
Other services 4,4 2,0 3,1

TransportationEdit

 
Train station in Koudougou

The city has a railroad station along the Abidjan – Ouagadougou Railway. As of June 2014 Sitarail operated a passenger train along the line three times a week in each direction.[4] Ouagadougou International Airport is approximately 141 km southeast of central Koudougou and as of June 2014 had regularly scheduled flights to most major cities in West Africa as well as Paris, Brussels and Istanbul.

EducationEdit

Since 2005 the city is home to the University of Koudougou (there were around 5,600 students enrolled in 2010/2011)[5] and in 2012 a vocational school opened. Primary school enrollment in 2007-2008 was 79.2% and secondary school enrollment was 20.3%.[6]

SportsEdit

The city has a few soccer clubs including l'Association des Jeunes Sportifs de Koudougou (AJSK), l'AS des Employés de Commerce de Koudougou (ASEC-K), le Bouloumpoukou FC (BPFC), le Bouloumpoukou Stade (BPS), l'Association des jeunes footballeurs (AJF), and le Jeunesse Club Boulkiemdé.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "World Gazetteer". Archived from the original on 2013-01-11.
  2. ^ Resultats préliminaires du recensement de 2006
  3. ^ Site officiel [archive] de Koudougou., (French), https://web.archive.org/web/20110224011339/http://www.mairie-koudougou.net/
  4. ^ European Rail Timetable, Summer 2014 Edition, (journey time is 43 to 48 hours)
  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
  6. ^ Site officiel [archive] de Koudougou., (French), https://web.archive.org/web/20110224011339/http://www.mairie-koudougou.net/

Further readingEdit

Hilgers, M., Une ethnographie à l'échelle de la ville. Histoire et reconnaissance à Koudougou, Karthala, Paris, 2009.

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