From the rivers and forests of its hinterlands to the temples and markets in its cities, get to know the stories from Southeast Asia's westernmost outpost – and a country on a pivotal point in its history.


Known as the Golden Land, Myanmar is a country of magnificent pagodas, warm people clad in the skirt-like longyi, and a democratic transition coinciding with its chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

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The landslide in northern Myanmar kills over 170 people, most of them migrant workers. It ...

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Mass burial for scores killed in Myanmar jade mine disaster

(UPDATED) Scores die each year while working in the country's lucrative but poorly ...

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More than 160 dead in Myanmar jade mine landslide

The rare action against military members comes as Myanmar faces charges of genocide at ...

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Myanmar finds soldiers guilty in Rohingya atrocities court martial

Human Rights Watch deputy Asia director Phil Robertson brands the move a 'recipe for ...

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Myanmar editor jailed for 2 years over coronavirus error

A Navy vessel transports hundreds of freed prisoners from Yangon to western Rakhine ...

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Myanmar ships 800 freed Rohingya prisoners back to Rakhine

(UPDATED) Presiding judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf says Myanmar must 'take all measures ...

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Top U.N. court orders Myanmar to prevent Rohingya genocide

Burmese Rohingya Organization UK (BROUK) dismisses the findings as a 'blatant PR

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War crimes, not genocide committed against Rohingya – Myanmar probe

In addition to being its largest investor, China is Myanmar's indispensable ally as it ...

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China's Xi vows 'new era' of Myanmar ties after red carpet welcome

The ruling comes a month after Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi traveled to The ...

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ICJ to rule next week on urgent measures in Rohingya genocide case

The nearly 200 arrested Rohingya Muslims are taken to either Thechaung camp or ...

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Myanmar sends nearly 200 Rohingya captured at sea to Rakhine camps

Capital Nay Pyi Taw
Land Area 676, 577 sq km
Population 55,746,253 (2014 estimate)
Currency Kyat
Demonym Burmese or Myanmarese
Government Unitary Presidential Constitutional Republic
Head of State President Thein Sein (since 2011)
Independence January 4, 1948
National Anthem Kaba Ma Kyei (Till the End of the World, Myanmar)
Language Myanmar
Religion Buddhism
Year of ASEAN Membership 1997
Human Development Index 0.498 (2012)
GDP Per Capita (US$) US$875
Internet Subscribers 10 (per 1,000 persons)
Inflation Rate 5.10% (2011)
Urban Population 30.8% (2011)
Life Expectancy 66.6 years
Tourist Arrival 816,000