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Country Profile: Myanmar (Burma)

A Closer Look at... Myanmar
OFFICIAL NAME
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Union of Myanmar (formerly Union of Burma)
GEOGRAPHY
  Central lowlands ringed by steep, rugged highlands bordered by the Andaman Sea and Bay of Bengal, between Bangladesh and Thailand.
AREA
  671,000 sq km / 259,073 sq miles
COMPARATIVE
  Slightly smaller than Texas
POPULATION
  42,720,196
CAPITAL
  Rangoon
LITERACY
  94% (age 15+ and can read and write)
LANGUAGE
 

Official: Burmese
Other:
Shan, Karen, and Kachin

RELIGIONS
  Theravada Buddhist - 87%
Christian - 5%
Muslim - 4%
Animist - 2%
Other - 2%
POLITICS
  Won independence from UK in 1948, currently run by military regime
INCOME
  Per capita income = US$ 500 per year
CURRENCY
  Kyat (K)
TIME ZONE
  GMT/UTC + 6.5
SOURCES
  Statistics provided by a variety of sources, but mostly the U.S. State Department, the U.N. Statistics Division, and BBC News.

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