Interesting Myanmar Facts

Myanmar is a coastal country located in South-Eastern Asia where it is bordered by Bangladesh, China, India, Laos, Thailand, the Andaman Sea and Bay of Bengal. It occupies 676,578 km2 of land. The estimated population of Myanmar is in excess of 53,370,609.

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Myanmar Fact File: Continent: Asia * Country Name(s): Myanmar, Republic of the Union of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma * Location: South-Eastern Asia * Bordering: Bangladesh, China, India, Laos, Thailand, the Andaman Sea and Bay of Bengal * Capital City: Naypyidaw * Size: 676,578 km2 * Estimated Population: over 53,370,609 * Currency: Burmese kyat (MMK) * Language(s): Burmese * Country Code: +95

Interesting Myanmar Facts for Kids

Interesting Facts for Kids 1: Size & location facts
Myanmar forms part of the continent of Asia, where it has a coastal position and is bordered by Bangladesh, China, India, Laos, Thailand, the Andaman Sea and Bay of Bengal. There are seven continents in the world: Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Europe, Antarctica, Australia (Oceania). Asia is the largest continent in the world, it has 48 countries, with some countries belonging to both Asia and Europe. It spans a total area of 43,820,000 km2 and forms 29.5% of the world's landmass. Myanmar is a coastal country that spans a total area of approximately 676,578 km2. It is the 11th largest country by area on the continent of Asia.

Interesting Facts for Kids 2: Population facts
The population of this Asian country is somewhere in the region of 53,370,609 people. The majority of Myanmar's inhabitants reside in Yangon which is the country's most populous city. Myanmar has a high population when compared to most other countries across the world, its overall population density is approximately 71 people per sq km. The estimated population of Asia is approximately 4,393,296,000 inhabitants, making it the continent with the largest population in the world. The continents in order of population, starting with highest population first, are: Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Europe, Australia (Oceania Region) and Antarctica. The total population of the entire world is in excess of 7.6 billion people.

Interesting Facts for Kids 3: Capital & major cities
The capital city of Myanmar is Naypyidaw. Other major cities located in this country include Yangon, Mandalay, Nay Pyi Taw, Mawlamyine and Kyain Seikgyi Township.

Interesting Facts for Kids 4: Country borders
The following border information provides details on the length of Myanmar's borders:
Coastline 1930 km, Bangladesh 271 km, China 2,129 km, India 1,468 km, Laos 238 km, Thailand 2,416 km.

Interesting Facts for Kids 5: Climate and geography facts
Myanmar has a tropical monsoon climate that is characterized by overcast, hot, humid, rainy summers with a monsoon that occurs in the southwest region from June to September. The winters months are milder with less rainfall and humidity. The northeast monsoon occurs from December to April. The geography of Myanmar is characterized by central lowland areas surrounded by highlands. The largest river in Myanmar is the Irrawaddy River which forms an important waterway. The lowest point of Myanmar is the Andaman Sea/Bay of Bengal at 0m, and the highest point of elevation is Gamlang Razi at 5,870m.

Interesting Facts for Kids 6: Natural Resources of Myanmar
Natural resources are materials and substances that can be found occurring naturally on Earth. Natural resources are very important across the world, and can be exploited for economic gain. An individual country's natural resources can depend on many factors including the climate, geography and location. Some countries, such as Russia, The United States, Saudi Arabia and Canada, are rich with natural resources, where as others have practically none. Food, transport and construction are three of the primary uses of natural resources. For example, fish is a naturally occurring resource that can be caught for food consumption. Crude oils can be refined into different types of fuels in order to power vehicles/cars. Wood/timber from forests can be used to build homes and furniture. The natural resources of Myanmar include petroleum, timber, tin, antimony, zinc, copper, tungsten, lead, coal, marble, limestone, precious stones, natural gas, hydropower (water power), and arable land suitable for growing crops.

Interesting Facts for Kids 7: Language facts
The official language of Myanmar is Burmese, which is spoken by the majority of the population.

Interesting Facts for Kids 8: Religion facts
The main religion of Myanmar is Buddhist at approximately 87% of the population. Around 6% are Christian and 4% Muslim. The rest of the population either belongs to other religions or no religion at all.

Interesting Facts for Kids 9: Symbols of Myanmar
Each country has its own individual culture, history and identity. Flags, emblems, symbols, colors, anthems, songs and mottos represent the national pride and identity of countries across the globe. These national symbols are forged through a nation's unique history and can represent both hardship and prosperity, embodying freedom, strength and unity. Flags, emblems, colors, songs and mottos reflect the past, present and future aspirations of a country, and create an important image to the rest of the world. National symbols can include a mixture of things that are symbolic to a country such as animals, birds, flowers, trees, geographical features, tools of agriculture, crops, and tools of war. The following facts and information provide a guide to some of the most important national symbols, songs and colors of Myanmar:

  • National symbol(s): chinthe (mythical lion)

  • National colors: yellow, green, red and white

  • National Anthem/Song: Kaba Ma Kyei (Translation: Till the End of the World, Myanmar)

  • National Holiday(s): Independence Day, 4 January (1948); Union Day, 12 February (1947)

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