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Myanmar

Country Name

Myanmar,  or Burma, officially the Republic of the Union of Myanmar.

Location

Myanmar is a country located in Southeast Asia.

Myanmar is bordered by Bangladesh and India to its northwest, 

China to its northeast, Laos, and Thailand to its east and southeast,

and the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal to its south and southwest.

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The reason for naming the country

The name of the country has been a matter of dispute and disagreement, particularly in recent decades, focusing mainly on the political legitimacy of those using Myanmar versus Burma.

 Both names derive from the earlier Burmese Myanma or Myamma, an ethnonym for the majority Bamar ethnic group, of uncertain etymology.

 The terms are also popularly thought to derive from Brahma Desha after Brahma

Capital 

Naypyidaw.

Flag

The current flag was adopted on 21 October 2010. It replaced the former flag in use since 1974.

The flag consists of three horizontal stripes with Yellow , green and,

red colors with a five-pointed white star in the middle.

The yellow color represents solidarity,

the green color represents natural wealth of the country,

and the red color represents courage of the local population during

numerous fights.

The white star symbolizes hope in the unity of all people living in the country.

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Religion

Many religions are practised in Myanmar.

A large majority of the population practices Buddhism.

Theravāda Buddhism is the most widespread.

There are a minority of Muslims and Christians in the country, they face religious persecution and it is hard, if not impossible, for non-Buddhists to join the army or get government jobs, the main route to success in the country.

There are other minority religions as Jewish, Hindus, tribal religions, and no religions.

Language 

The official language of Myanmar is Burmese.

It is the most widely spoken language in the country. Burmese, a Sino-Tibetan language, is the mother tongue of millions of the population who speak it as a first language. It is taught in schools across the country and in the numerous monasteries dotting Myanmar.

The Burmese language is related to the Chinese and Tibetan languages. 
Myanmar is home to four major language families: Sino-TibetanTaiKadaiAustro-Asiatic, and Indo-European.

Indigenous Languages Of Myanmar are Shan, Karen Languages, Kachin, and Mon.

English is an important foreign language whose study is highly promoted in Myanmar. Although Burmese is used as the primary language of instruction in schools across the country, English is taught as a secondary language. 

Currency

Kyat (K) (MMK)

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Time Zone

+06:30 GMT. 

Government Regime

Unitary assembly-independent constitutional republic.

Climate

Much of the country lies between the Tropic of Cancer and the Equator.

It lies in the monsoon region of Asia, with its coastal regions receiving over 5,000 mm of rain annually.

The northern regions of Myanmar are the coolest, with average temperatures of 21 °C (70 °F). Coastal and delta regions have an average maximum temperature of 32 °C (89.6 °F).

The best time to visit Burma is from mid-December to mid-February: the weather is dry and sunny, and the risk of hurricanes should have ceased.

It's hot in Yangon and along the southern coast, while it can get cool at night or even cold in inland areas. By the second half of February, and even more in March and April, it's definitely hot, but along the coast, you can enjoy the breeze and you can still swim and sunbathe since the weather stays good.
If you want to travel in the rainy season, for example in July and August, you will prefer the central plains (see Mandalay, Myngyan, Magway) because they are more sheltered from the monsoon. In contrast, in summer, the coasts are definitely inadvisable because they receive heavy rains.
 

International Phone Code

+95

Internet Code

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