Myanmar OverviewBurma - Overview
Land of opposites
Burma is one of the biggest Southeast Asian nation with more than 52 million inhabitants. Myanmar is one of the most varied places in the hemisphere, with 135 different ethnical groups, a wealth of histories and a variety of cultures and religions. Burma is a region of geographical diversity with lush southern lush tropic delta and jagged landscapes in the northern Himalayan spurs.
It is located on the Bay of Bengal and is bordered by Bangladesh, China, India, the Lao People's Democratic Republic and Thailand. About 70% of Myanmar's population lives in open land, and most peasant households make a livelihood from agriculture. Whilst the land is wealthy in terms of nature reserves, the per capita GNI is expected to be only 220 US dollars per year.
Burma also has very little ODA. Ongoing domestic and global investments are not enough to enable all of the country's young people to receive training, medical care and other essential welfare benefits. Due to its scale and variety, there are differences between infants in different areas of Myanmar in accessing essential medical care, safe waters and appropriate sanitary installations, undernourishment, entry and graduation quotas, and protections.
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Japonese troops marched into World War Two, and at the end of the conflict Myanmar was abandoned under the command of Aung San, a liberation activist who was murdered along with most of his office in 1947. Edge settings: Tenpx for large display and tenpx for portable display. Yangon was taken over by a Yangon Army Junior in 1988 and renamed Myanmar in 1989.
In May 1990, the National League for Democracy (NLD) won a vote in a mud-slide. However, the army, or SLORC, declined to acknowledge the outcome of the vote and placed Aung San Suu Kyi, the head of the party's political group, under internal detention. In 1991 she was honoured with the Nobel Peace Prize.
The recent changes in Myanmar have drawn widespread interest to this once outlawed South East Asia national. This includes the dismissal of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Syu Kyi from her home detention in 2011, her ensuing elections to the European Assembly, the visit of leaders from the US, the UK and Europe, the lifting of many global penalties and a further rise in tourist spending.
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