Burundi Country Facts

Burundi Country Facts
Official Name: Republic of Burundi

Alternate Names: Burundi, Republique du Burundi, Republika y'u Burundi

Burundi FlagFormer 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)

Population: 8,988,091

Size/Area: 27,830 sq km, slightly smaller than Maryland

Burundi MapLand 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.

500 Burundian FrancsCurrency: 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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