About Myanmar Facts

In 1989 the largest nation of mainland Southeast Asia changed its name from Burma to Myanmar. In 2006 the capital moved from Yangon (formerly Rangoon) to Nay Pyi Taw. Geographically, the country's Irrawaddy basin is surrounded on three sides by densely forested mountains and plateaus. Most people live in the fertile valley and delta of the Irrawaddy River.

Fast Facts 

Population: 50,519,000

Capital: Nay Pyi Taw

Area: 676,552 square kilometres (261,218 square miles)

Language: Burmese, minor languages

Religion: Buddhist, Christian, Muslim

Currency: Kyat

Life Expectancy: 57

GDP per Capita: U.S. $1,700

Literacy Percent: 83

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