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Burma

Flag: Burma
Geography
 
Location:Between Bangladesh and Thailand, bordering the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal
Area:Total: 678,500 sq km Land: 657,740 sq km Water: 20,760 sq km
Land boundaries:Total: 5,876 km It has borders with Bangladesh 193 km, China 2,185 km, India 1,463 km, Laos 235 km and Thailand 1,800 km
Map: Burma
Climate:Tropical monsoon. Cloudy, rainy, hot, humid summers (southwest monsoon, June to September). Less cloudy, scant rainfall, mild temperatures, lower humidity during winter.
People
 
Population:47,373,958 (July 2007 est.)
Age structure:0-14 years: 26.1% (male 6,277,073/female 6,084,001) 15-64 years: 68.6% (male 16,089,764/female 16,425,299) 65 years and over: 5.3% (male 1,075,868/female 1,421,953) (2007 est.)
Ethnic groups:Burman 68%, Shan 9%, Karen 7%, Rakhine 4%, Chinese 3%, Indian 2%, Mon 2%, other 5%
Religions:Buddhist 89%, Christian 4% (Baptist 3%, Roman Catholic 1%), Muslim 4%, animist 1%, other 2%
Languages:Burmese, minority ethnic groups have their own languages
Government
 
Government type:Military junta
Capital:Rangoon (Yangon)
Independence:4 January 1948 (from UK)
Legal system:Based on the English common law
Economy
 
GDP (purchasing power parity):$85.2 billion (2006 est.)
GDP - per capita (PPP):$1,800 (2006 est.)
GDP - composition by sector:Agriculture: 54.7% industry: 10.6% services: 34.7% (2006 est.)
Industries:Agricultural processing; wood and wood products; copper, tin, tungsten, iron; cement, construction materials; pharmaceuticals; fertilizer; natural gas; garments, jade and gems
Currency (code):Kyat (MMK)




This article was compiled with the aid of the CIA World Fact book.



 
 
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