General Information

Location: The Republic of Myanmar is located in Southeast Asia between China from the north-east and India from the north-west, bordered by the States of Thailand and Laos to the east and Bangladesh to the west, and the Andaman Sea to the south.

Area: The total area of Myanmar is 676.577 km2.

Population: 54 million.

Capital: Myanmar has two capitals, namely the political capital of Naypyidaw and the second is Yangon, the commercial city. Myanmar is divided into seven regions: Iyawaddy, Pago, Magway, Mandalay, Sagaing, Taninari and Yangon, in addition to the seven states of Chen, Kachin, Cayenne, Kaya, Mon, Arkan and Shan.

Economy and Investment: Myanmar economy is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Growth over the past years has been ranging between 8.3 and 7.1 percent. Myanmar is also a country rich in natural and mineral resources. It has a large agricultural wealth, mainly with rice, sesame and legumes. Myanmar is also known for its precious stones, especially jade among others. The political transition that took place in 2011 and 2015 has contributed to Myanmar's international regional standing, thus a major breakthrough in attracting foreign direct investment occurred. China is the largest investor in Myanmar, followed by Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, South Korea and Britain. Oil and gas, energy, transport and communications, manufacturing, real estate, hospitality and tourism are among the most attractive areas for investment in the country.

Community: The government officially recognizes 135 ethnic groups according to the Citizenship Act of 1982. Such ethnic groups are classified within the eight major nationalities: The Bamar representing about two-thirds of the population, Chin, Kachin, Kayah, Kayin, Rakhine (Buddhist Mag) and Shan. Approximately 90% of Myanmar population adopts Buddhism while 4% are Muslims, 4% are Christians, and about 2% Hindus and followers of other religions.

The families in Myanmar cares for upbringing their children on the respect for the elderly, Buddhist monks and teachers. Men also are given a great position over women in the Buddhist culture where women follow behind their husband, father or brother in the public roads. For the Myanmar people, they must pay due respect and courtesy to the Buddhist monks. The Myanmar people are friendly and cooperative, where you can find older people receiving great care from their children and grandchildren. Myanmar people is also generous and classified as one of most generous 10 peoples in the world.

Culture and Heritage: in Myanmar, existing culture and heritage are largely stemming from of the teachings of Buddhism. The culture is based upon ethics and high morals, tolerance and helping the weak. Buddha himself lived a luxurious life where his father was a king and his wife was the daughter of one of the kings, but he felt the Lack of value of life, so he gave it all up and abandoned luxury to devote himself to worship, instilling virtuous values and spreading love and morals among people. Thus, the people of Myanmar are classified as friendly people in Asia because they are influenced by such philosophy.

People and Politics: Myanmar people are interested in politics, governance and the course of events in their country. During the period of military rule, the people led the 88 uprising, which broke out on 8/8/1988 and claimed the lives of hundreds. The general elections, held in October 2015 and won by The NLD with an overwhelming majority, represented a major development in the course of the political reform initiated by the government of former President Mr. Thein Sein during the period (2008-2011).