Asia

Myanmar profile - Facts

  • 16 May 2014
  • From the section Asia
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