Burundi Country Facts
Alternate Names: Burundi, Republique du Burundi, Republika y'u Burundi
Former Names: Urundi
Capital City: Bujumbura
Flag: The flag is divided by a white diagonal cross into red and green panels with a white circle at the center with three red six-pointed stars outlined in green.
Date of Independence: July 1, 1962
National Anthem: "Burundi Bwacu" (Our Beloved Burundi)
Size/Area: 27,830 sq km, slightly smaller than Maryland
Land Locked: Yes
Bordering Countries: Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Tanzania, Rwanda
Administrative Divisions: 17 provinces - Bubanza, Bujumbura Mairie, Bujumbura Rurale, Bururi, Cankuzo, Cibitoke, Gitega, Karuzi, Kayanza, Kirundo, Makamba, Muramvya, Muyinga, Mwaro, Ngozi, Rutana, Ruyigi
Major Cities: Bujumbura, Gitega, Muyinga, Ngozi, Ruyigi
Languages: Kirundi (official), French (official), Swahili
Religions: Christian, Indigenous Beliefs, Muslim
Major Holidays: New Year's Day, Unity Day (Feb 5), Labour Day (May 1),
Independence Day (Jul 1), Anniversary of Rwagasore's Assassination (Oct 13), Anniversary of President Ndadaye's Assassination (Oct 21), All Saints' Day (Nov 1), Christmas Day.
Currency: Burundi Francs
Currency Code: BIF
Highest Point: Heha
Lowest Point: Lake Tanganyika
Bordering Bodies of Water: Lake Tanganyika
Climate: Equatorial climate with two wet seasons (February - May and September - November) and two dry seasons (June - August and December - January). The average annual temperature varies with altitude from 23 to 17 degrees centigrade but is generally moderate as the average altitude is about 1,700 m; The average annual rainfall is about 150 cm;
Major Industries: Light consumer goods such as blankets, shoes, soap. Assembly of imported components. Public works construction. Food processing.
Major Agricultural Products: Coffee, cotton, tea, corn, sorghum, sweet potatoes, bananas, manioc (tapioca), beef, milk, hides
Natural Resources: Nickel, uranium, rare earth oxides, peat, cobalt, copper, platinum, vanadium, arable land, hydropower, niobium, tantalum, gold, tin, tungsten, kaolin, and limestone
Time Zone: UTC +2
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