Myanmar profile

Burmese girl dressed up for ceremony marking a relative's entry into the Buddhist monkhood The Bamar, after whom Burma is named, make up the largest of numerous ethnic groups
  • Official name: Republic of the Union of Myanmar (previously Union of Myanmar; Union of Burma )
  • Population: 48.7 million (UN, 2012)
  • Capital: Nay Pyi Taw
  • Largest city: Rangoon (Yangon)
  • Area: 676,552 sq km (261,218 sq miles)
  • Major languages: Burmese, indigenous ethnic languages
  • Major religions: Buddhism, Christianity, Islam
  • Life expectancy: 64 years (men), 68 years (women) (UN)
  • Monetary unit: 1 kyat = 100 pyas
  • Main exports: Teak, pulses and beans, prawns, fish, rice, opiates, oil and gas
  • GNI per capita: n/a
  • Internet domain: .mm
  • International dialling code: +95

More Asia stories

RSS

Features & Analysis

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • OrchestraSound of success

    How one of Turkey’s finest orchestras found global fame

Programmes

  • Ladybird - a robot designed to help with farm workClick Watch

    From weed detecting to a robotic dairy - the tech that could help farmers be more efficient

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.