Myanmar Fast Facts

(CNN)Here's a look at Myanmar, a country in southeast Asia formerly known as Burma.

About Myanmar:
(from the CIA World Factbook)
Area: 676,578 sq km (slightly smaller than Texas)
Population: 55,622,506 (July 2018 est.)
Median age: 28.5 years
    Capital: Naypyidaw
    Ethnic Groups: Burman 68%, Shan 9%, Karen 7%, Rakhine 4%, Chinese 3%, Indian 2%, Mon 2%, other 5%
    Religion: Buddhist 87.9%, Christian 6.2%, Muslim 4.3%, Animist 0.8%, Hindu 0.5%, Other 0.2%, None 0.1% (2014 est.)
    GDP (purchasing power parity): $329.8 billion (2017 est.)
    GDP per capita: $6,300 (2017 est.)
    Unemployment: 4% (2017 est.)
    Other Facts:
    Prono: MEE'-an-mar
    Myanmar shares borders with China, India, Laos, Bangladesh and Thailand.
    The United States officially still calls the country Burma.
    The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) estimates that there were more than 866,000 stateless and internally displaced people in Myanmar in 2018, up from 849,000 in 2017.
    The Rohingya are a stateless Muslim minority in Myanmar's Rakhine State thought to number about one million people at the beginning of 2017. Myanmar does not recognize them as citizens or one of the 135 recognized ethnic groups living in the country. According to Human Rights Watch, laws discriminate against the Rohingya, infringing on their freedom of movement, education and employment.
    According to the UN's Inter Sector Coordination Group, 745,000 Rohingya refugees have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh since 2017, bringing the total Rohingya refugee population in Bangladesh to more than 913,000. (As of June 2019).
    1824-1886 - Burma becomes part of British India