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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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