myanmar

Continent: Asia

Region: South-East Asia

Area: 261,227 square miles (ranked 40th)

Capital: Naypyidaw

Population: 48,337,000 as of 2012

Main Language: Burmese

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Fun Facts

  • Myanmar is composed of 135 main races, some of which are Kachin, Kayah, Kayin, Chin, Bamar, Mon, Rakhine and Shan.

  • Burma was officially named Myanmar in 1989 by military dictators who thought Myanmar was a more suitable name because of the diversity in the country.

  • The local unit of weight is peiktha (viss), which equals to 3.6 pounds.

  • The largest export of Myanmar is rice. It exports millions of tons of rice per year to other countries around the world.

  • Credit cards are not accepted in Myanmar.

  • Myanmar was part of Britain's Indian Empire until 1937. It gained its independence from Britain in 1948.

  • Myanmar shares its borders with India, Bangladesh, China, Laos and Thailand.

  • The Bay of Bengal separates India and Bangladesh from Myanmar.