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Learn more about Burma.
Flag of Burma Burma
Population: 42,720,196 (July 2004 est.)
Capital: Rangoon
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An Introduction to Burma
Britain conquered Burma over a period of 62 years (1824-1886) and incorporated it into its Indian Empire. Burma was administered as a province of India until 1937 when it became a separate, self-governing colony; independence outside of the Commonwealth was attained in 1948. Gen. NE WIN dominated the government from 1962 to 1988, first as military ruler, then as president, and later as political kingmaker. Despite multiparty elections in 1990 that resulted in the main opposition party - the National League for Democracy (NLD) - winning a landslide victory, the ruling junta refused to hand over power. NLD leader and Nobel Peace Prize recipient AUNG SAN SUU KYI, who was under house arrest from 1989 to 1995 and 2000 to 2002, was arrested in May 2003 and is currently under house arrest. Her supporters are routinely harassed or jailed.

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Map of Burma ( Location ) : 22 00 N, 98 00 E, Southeastern Asia, bordering the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal, between Bangladesh and Thailand. For additional reports and educational information specific to Burma, refer to the Country Info menubar to the upper right.

About the Flag The Burmese Flag
Red with a blue rectangle in the upper hoist-side corner bearing, 14 white five-pointed stars encircling a cogwheel containing a stalk of rice; the 14 stars represent the 14 administrative divisions.

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Facts
Some interesting facts and figures about Burma.

Pop Growth Rate / Year:
    • 0.47%

Avg. Life Expectancy:
    • 54.22 yrs - Male
    • 57.9 yrs - Female

Phone Lines:
    • 357,300 (2003)

Televisions:
    • 320,000 (2000)

Radios:
    • 4,200,000 (1997)

Internet Code:
    • .mm

Did you know ... People from Burma are called Burmese
 

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