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The ruling military changed the name from Burma to Myanmar in 1989. The two words mean the same thing but Myanmar is the more formal version

Total Land Area
676,575 sq km/ 261,227 sq mi

Main Geographical Features
It is bounded by Laos and Thailand to the southeast. The mountain chains divide Myanmar’s three river systems, which are the Irrawaddy, Salween (Thanlwin), and the Sittaung rivers.

Nay Pyi Taw

GDP in US$ (Billion)
Reduction in poverty and great traction for tourism expected to boost economy
Currency Kyat (K) MMK 1,851/US$ (April 30, 2022)

Major Economic Sectors

Industry 36%, Services 42% and Agriculture 22%

Oil and natural gas is dominate Myanmar’s export

Official Language

Literacy Rate
89% (2018) for adults 15 years old and above.

GDP Growth (%)

Brunei GDP is growing at >3% since 2015


54 million (2022)

Young population. Extreme delays in marriage contribute to low population growth.

Urban Population 31%

Labor Force Participation Rate

Above the 66% average in ASEAN.

Labor force by Sector

Industrial   17%
Services   34%
Agriculture   49%

GDP Per Capita

US$ ‘000

The GDP per Capita in Myanmar is equivalent to 10 percent of the world’s average

About the Author

Sumit Dutta
Founder and Chief Executive Officer | Profile

Sumit Dutta is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of ASEAN Business Partners. Prior to this, Sumit spent 26 years working for HSBC, one of the biggest banks in the world, in countries including Indonesia, Vietnam, USA, Hongkong and India.