Burkina Faso–Côte d’Ivoire

The Burkina Faso–Côte d’Ivoire boundary has never been formally defined in an international agreement, and its alignment has to be inferred from French administrative practice and mapping during the colonial period from 1899–1960. The direct distance from the tripoint with Mali in the west to the tripoint with Ghana in the east is 326 kilometers, but because the boundary follows meandering rivers for around two-thirds of its course, the total boundary length is double that distance at approximately 650 kilometers. Despite the lack of formal definition, the boundary alignment does not appear to have been contested by either Burkina Faso or Côte d’Ivoire. Occasional news reports suggest that the two governments have been working on a new delimitation agreement but few details have been made public.

Map showing the land boundary between Burkina Faso and Côte d’Ivoire


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