22 Facts About Myanmar


Myanmar, officially the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, is a country in Southeast Asia.

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Myanmar's continued, "I use Burma very often because I am used to using it.

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Between 1962 and 1974, Myanmar was ruled by a revolutionary council headed by the general.

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On 23 June 1997, Myanmar was admitted into the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

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In October 2012, the ongoing conflicts in Myanmar included the Kachin conflict, between the Pro-Christian Kachin Independence Army and the government; a civil war between the Rohingya Muslims and the government and non-government groups in Rakhine State; and a conflict between the Shan, Lahu, and Karen minority groups, and the government in the eastern half of the country.

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Myanmar's improved international reputation was indicated by ASEAN's approval of Myanmar's bid for the position of ASEAN chair in 2014.

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Myanmar continues to perform badly in the global Environmental Performance Index with an overall ranking of 153 out of 180 countries in 2016; among the worst in the South Asian region, only ahead of Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

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In upper Myanmar, there are rhinoceros, wild water buffalo, clouded leopard, wild boars, deer, antelope, and elephants, which are tamed or bred in captivity for use as work animals, particularly in the lumber industry.

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Myanmar operates de jure as a unitary assembly-independent republic under its 2008 constitution.

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In February 2021, Myanmar military declared a one-year state emergency and First Vice President Myint Swe became the Acting President of Myanmar and handed the power to the Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Min Aung Hlaing and he assumed the role Chairman of the State Administration Council, then Prime Minister.

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On 13 April 2012, British Prime Minister David Cameron called for the economic sanctions on Myanmar to be suspended in the wake of the pro-democracy party gaining 43 seats out of a possible 45 in the 2012 by-elections with the party leader, Aung San Suu Kyi becoming a member of the Burmese parliament.

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In June 2013, Myanmar held its first ever summit, the World Economic Forum on East Asia 2013.

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In 2010 as part of the Wikileaks leaked cables, Myanmar was suspected of using North Korean construction teams to build a fortified surface-to-air missile facility.

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In 2013, Myanmar improved yet again, receiving a score of 5 in civil liberties and 6 in political freedoms.

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Myanmar's economy is one of the fastest growing economies in the world with a nominal GDP of US$76.

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In December 2014, Myanmar set up its first stock exchange, the Yangon Stock Exchange.

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Myanmar asked for admittance to a least developed country status in 1987 to receive debt relief.

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Provisional results of the 2014 Myanmar Census show that the total population is 51, 419, 420.

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Myanmar was ranked 127th in the Global Innovation Index in 2021.

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Myanmar's internet used to be subject to censorship, and authorities viewed e-mails and posts on Internet blogs until 2012 when the government removed media censorship.

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Myanmar's first film was a documentary of the funeral of Tun Shein—a leading politician of the 1910s, who campaigned for Burmese independence in London.

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Myanmar is the primary subject of a 2007 graphic novel titled Chroniques Birmanes by Quebecois author and animator, Guy Delisle.

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