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country profile. Myanmar. geography. Formerly Burma. Called Myanmar by its government since 1989. population. Population: 42,720,196 (CIA World Factbook) UK 60,094,648 Population density: 65 per square km UK 245/square km

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Myanmar


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geography

Formerly Burma. Called Myanmar by its government since 1989


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population

  • Population: 42,720,196(CIA World Factbook)UK 60,094,648

  • Population density: 65 per square kmUK 245/square km

  • Population figures vary due to high rate of deaths from Aids. Myanmar has one of the world’s fastest growing rates of HIV/Aids


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religion

Buddhist 82.9

Christian 8.7%

Muslim 3.8

Chinese religions 3%

Animist 0.8%

Hindu 0.5%

Non-religious/other 0.3%

Operation World


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history

1044: Unified Burmese State founded at Pagan

250 years of relative peacewhen the devout rulers built the many pagodas for which Pagan is known today

1824: British rule began: boom in production of rice and timber but increased resentment against colonial powers

1948: Independence(movement for this led by Aung San)

1960s-1970s: government led by Ne Win:attempted to build effective totalitarian government and establish legitimacy with Burmese people, but led the country into economic decline and increasing isolation


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Aung San Suu Kyi

Daughter of General Aung San, educated in Rangoon and Britain

1988: Returned to Myanmarfrom England &led pro-democracy movementwhich became a political party

1990: Suu Kyi’s party wins elections but forbidden to convene

1989-1995: Suu Kyi under house arrest

1991: Suu Kyi wins Nobel Peace Prize

2000-2002: Under house arrest

To date: Under house arrest with supporters harassed or jailed


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