Myanmar Business Guide: Myanmar in Brief

Fast facts and figures about Myanmar

 

Official Name: Union of Myanmar
Population: 54.6 Million
Area: 678,500 sq. km.
International Borders: Bangladesh (193 km.), P R China (1,180 km.), India (1,463 km.), Laos (235 km.) and Thailand (1,800 km.)
Major Cities/Towns: Yangon (4.5 million) and Mandalay (1.2 million)
Language: Burmese, English
Religion: Buddhism (89%), Christianity (4%) and Islam (4%)
Independence: January 4, 1948 (from Great Britain)
Climate: June - December: cloudy, rainy, hot, humid
December - April: less cloudy, scant rainfall, mild temperatures, lower humidity
Hottest month: April (24-36°C)
Coolest month: January (18-23°C)
Wettest month: July (600 mm. av.)
Currency: Kyat (pronounced "Chat") - 1 Kyat = 100 pyas
Exchange Rate: US$1 = 6 Kyat (official rate)
US$1 = 100 Kyat (custom’s rate)
US$1 = 825 Kyat (black market rate)
FEC1 = 265 Kyat
Public Holidays: January 4 - Independence Day
February 12 - Union Day
March 2 - Peasants’ Day
March 23 - Full Moon of Tabaung
March 27 - Armed Forces’ Day
April 13-16 - Thingyan (Water Festival)
April 17 - New Year Day
May 1 - Workers’ Day
May 21 - Full Moon Day of Kason
July 19 - Martyrs' Day/Full Moon Day of Waso
October 16 - Full Moon Day of Thadingyut
October - Depa Wali (According to the Lunar Calendar)
November 14 - Full Moon Day of Tazaungdaing
November - National Day (According to the Lunar Calendar)
December - Karen New Year Day (According to the Lunar Calendar)
December 25 - Christmas Day
Dec./Jan. - Idul Athwaha (According to the Lunar Calendar)

Map of Myanmar

Map of Myanmar