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Myanmar (formerly Burma) is a Southeast Asian nation of more than 100 ethnic groups, bordering India, Bangladesh, China, Laos and Thailand. Yangon (formerly Rangoon), the country's largest city, is home to bustling markets, numerous parks and lakes, and the towering, gilded Shwedagon Pagoda, which contains Buddhist relics and dates to the 6th century.

Languages: Burmese (official) 65%, Shan 6.4%, Karen 5.2%, Kachin 1.8%, Chin 1.6%, Mon 1.5%, and Rakhine 1.5%, English

 

Ethnic Groups: Bamar 68%, Shan 9 %, Kayin 7.00%, Rakhine 3.50%, Chinese 2.50% Mon 2%, Kachin 1.50%, Indians 1.25%, Kayah 0.75%, Other groups including Wa, Naga, Lahu, Lisu and Palaung 4.50%

 

Belief Systems: Buddhism 87.9%, Christianity 6.2%, Islam 4.3%, Hinduism 0.5%, Tribal religions 0.8%, Other religions 0.2%, Not religious 0.1%

 

Demographics::

Population: 49.5 million people (World Rank: 26th) (2014 estimate)
Population Density: 196 people/mi^2 (People per Square Mile) (World Rank: 132nd) (2014 estimate)
Population Growth: 0.811 %/yr (World Rank: 143rd) (2013 estimate)
Life Expectancy: 65.2 years (World Rank: 179th) (2013 estimate)
Median Age: 27.8 years (World Rank: 92nd) (2010 estimate)

 

Sites for More Information:

Map of Myanmar
Map from the Cartographic Division of the United Nations

United Nations Country Profile for Myanmar

Wikipedia Entry for Myanmar

Current News in Myanmar

Myanmar - Facts and Information 1
Columbia Encyclopedia Entry for Myanmar

Myanmar - Facts and Information 2
The World Factbook Entry for Myanmar

Culture and Tourism:

Traveling to Myanmar 1
from travelnotes.org

Traveling to Myanmar 2

Events in Myanmar

Travel Guide for Myanmar
Wikitravel Entry for Myanmar

Language Resources:

Burmese/Myanmar script and pronunciation
from omniglot.com

Government Related:

Embassy of Myanmar
in Washington D.C.

Government Websites of Myanmar
Directory of government Websites and other links by Gunnar Anzinger


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