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Burma's Greatness v Thailand
Thailand has about 513,120 square kilometers, while Burma is about 676,578 square kilometers. Meanwhile about 68 million persons are living in Thailand (11 million less persons are living in Burma). A true-to-life chart of Thailand and Burma. See a detailed Burma-Thailand benchmarking with our international benchmarking tools for more information.
Myanmar in comparison to Great Britain
Myanmar has a per head Gross Domestic Product of $6,000, while the UK has a per head Gross Domestic Product of $42,500. Myanmar uses about 193 kilowatt-hours of power per year. The figure in Great Britain is 4,795 kilowatt-hours per head. Burma has about 18.2 kittens per 1,000 population. There are 12.1 kittens per 1,000 in the UK.
About 32.7% of Burmese population lives below the livelihood line. The United Kingdom has 15% of the population. Burma is home to 0.8% of the population with AIDS/HIV. The United Kingdom has 0.3% of the population. 80.6% of Burma's population has direct contact with safe drinkable waters. There are 100% of British do it.
Approximately 42.2 out of 1,000 children in Burma are dying before the one-year old. By contrast, in Great Britain it is 4.3 per 1,000 children. About 4.8% of the population in Burma is out of work. The United Kingdom has 5.1% of the population. Myanmar has a coast of 1,930 km.
It is 12,429 km in Great Britain.
Myanmar gives a big thumb
In Burma, when you talk about the "Internet", you often think of Facebook - the messaging networking site that is dominating all of Burma's on-line activities to an extent that is not possible anywhere else. President Thein Sein chose to grant Suu Kyi's triumphal League for National Democracy (NLD) a win using the president's Facebook page to do so.
A similar franchise agreement has been posted by the Armed Forces on their own Facebook page. When Suu Kyi gave a news briefing a few day before the elections, million of the world' s population turned on Facebook (because the state owned mass media were unwilling to show it). After all, TV and wireless - the means by which most Burmese get their information - remains tightly under state supervision, as do large parts of the printed world.
Facebook, which came to Burma at the moment the Burmese authorities dismantled their long-standing system of censure, gave the opposition a decisive opportunity to close the loop. Eleven Group Chairman and CEO Than Htut Aung says his organization - one of the largest privately owned publishing groups in the nation - differs from its state competitors by generously reporting on the NLD, which is why his Facebook page now has 4.5 million fans.
When a member of the governing Suu Kyi political group offended Suu Kyi in a Facebook article a few month ago, the corresponding article on Eleven Media's Facebook page contained an incredible 20,000 responses. But not only the common criminals are dependent on the SMB.
Smart-phone penetration goes far beyond the literate élite (including the rural populations that make up the vast majority of Burma's population). A fish trader working at an open-air store in Rangoon's Insein area, Htay Aung, 29, is accessing Facebook on his Huawei phone. He' s sharing all the messages he receives from Facebook with his woman, who also works in the world.
Facebook's abrupt domination has much to do with the specifics of developments in a land that has "gone through twenty years of electronic evolution in two years," says Yan Naung Oak of Phandeeyar, a non-profit group that tries to use technologies for people. For a while, says Yan Naung Oak, some Rangoon stores have specialised in creating Facebook customer account for a charge of 2,000 Kyat, about $1.60 at up to date prices.
A number of analysts fear that their efficient monopolies will burden the variety of different forms of communication and destroy much-needed innovations. It is a topic well known to on-line community, but it is a particularly pressing one in Burma, where sixty years of tyranny have accumulated a poisonous concoction of cult istensions and long-lasting complaints that have only just started to penetrate the public.
Facebook has used the ultra-nationalist Buddhaist monk Ma Ba Tha motion as an tool for spreading its swear words against the Moslem minorities, which it regards as a menace to the dominating Buddhaist world. We will see if Burma can find ways to deal with problems - such as freedom of expression in front of the racist swear words they use - that haunt even ripe states.
However, the romance between Burma and Facebook shows no sign of a slowdown for the time being. On August 20, 2015, young men leaf through the picture on their smart phones on Facebook while sitting in a Yangon neighborhood.