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Coat of arms of Burkina Faso
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The coat of arms of Burkina Faso contains a shield based on the national flag. Above the shield the name of the country is shown, while below it is the national motto, Unité, Progrès, Justice (French for "Unity, Progress, Justice"). The supporters are two white stallions. The two plants emerging from the lower banner appear to represent pearl millet, an important cereal grain cultivated in this country where agriculture represents 32% of the gross domestic product. This coat of arms is similar to the old Upper Volta coat of arms (see below), with the Burkina Faso flag replacing the Upper Volta flag in the middle. The coat of arms and its meaning is mandated by Law No 020/97/II/AN.[1][2]

Official blazon

Historic emblem (1984–1997)

Thomas Sankara's 1983–1987 Burkinabé revolution implemented an emblem featuring a crossed daba (a traditional Burkinabé agricultural tool) and AK-47 (an allusion to the Hammer and Sickle), with the motto La Patrie ou la Mort, nous vaincrons ("Fatherland or death, we shall overcome"').

Coat of arms of Upper Volta

This somewhat resembles the current emblem, except that the enclosing shield has a blue background, the inescutcheon is based on the flag of Upper Volta with the superimposed letters "RHV" (for République de Haute-Volta), and the motto was Unité, Travail, Justice ("Unity, Labour, Justice").[3]


  1. ^ "Burkina Faso". Retrieved 2019-07-20.
  2. ^ a b "Armoiries". Great Chancellery of Burkinabe Orders. Archived from the original on 17 January 2021. Retrieved 5 April 2021.
  3. ^ Guide to the Flags of the World by Mauro Talocci, revised and updated by Whitney Smith (1982, ISBN 0-688-01141-1), p. 125.
  4. ^ The International Flag Book in Color by Christian Fogd Pedersen, (1971), pp. 86, 188.
  5. ^ Flaggen, Wappen, Daten by Karl-Heinz Hesmer, (1975), p. 158.