Myanmar Country informationAbout Myanmar
It has a mix of ethnical civilizations and a pronounced spiritual impact, marked by the imposing thousand-year-old Myanmar -covered couples. Years of Burma being off-limits to the tourist, its pristine state, coupled with years of Burma's cultural and spiritual heritage, has created an amazing and stunning scenery that is truly unparalleled.
It is the biggest nation on the southeast Asian continent; it is located between 9° and 29° north latitude and 92° and 102° east longitude. It is bordered by the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal. Burma covers an area of 678,500 sq km, approximately the same area as Texas, and has an unbroken 1,930 km coast line, accounting for one-third of Myanmar's area.
Mountains such as Bago Yoma and the Shan Plateau are located in Myanmar, both of which run from the Himalayas from the North to the South. 2. Fewer than 750,000 visitors come to the state each year and much of the land is not seen by visitors, as in the past the army had strict controls over the interaction between the population of Burma and the tourist, especially in the frontier area.
It has a high degree of corrupt governance, the results of the 2010 polls being unlawful as many international monitors challenged its equity, but a new presidency, Thein Sein, was officially opened in March 2011. Burma's armed forces have a major electoral and policy input.
It is interesting that the Myanmar natives are not supposed to talk to non Myanmar citizens about policy, under punishment of jail. Myanmar has about 100 different official dialects. Myanmar is used by 65% of the people. Today, Burmese is the main instructional standard, and then English is the subsidiary one.
As Myanmar has no formal state religions, it is a multi-religious state. Buddhism is practised by 90% of the people, followed by Christianity with 4%. Much of Myanmar's industrial base is made of gemstones, for example 90% of the world's jewels come to Myanmar.
Sixty percent of Myanmar's acreage is devoted to the cultivation of raw material for paddy farming, while other forms of agriculture include the manufacture of knitted and weaved clothing, timber and agrifood. Among other things, goods produced by the state include coal, pewter, tungsten, steel, building material, pharmaceutics, fertilizers and cements.