Burundi

Population numbers: 10.1 million
How many square miles: 10,747 square miles
Geography fast facts (uniqueness)
  • Bujumbura is the capital city of Burundi. For more than 500 years, the country has been occupied by Tutsi, Hutu and Twa people.
  • Burundi was an independent kingdom for more than 200 years. The region then was colonized by Germany. The region was under Belgium after Germany was defeated.
  • Both Burundi and Rwanda were under the rule of Belgians. It was called as Ruanda-Urundi.
  • In 1962, Burundi got the independence. Then it was made into a monarchy. It was established in a republic with one party state in 1966 after the country faced the coups, assassinations, and instability.
  • Burundi was undeveloped due to the civil wars, ethnic cleansing and genocides. There is no need to wonder that it is included as one of the poorest countries in the world.
  • There are many problems in Burundi which leaves the country undeveloped. Those include hunger, poor access of education, low health level, weak infrastructure and corruption.
  • The main source of economy in Burundi is contributed by the agricultural section. It is stated than more than 90 percent of Burundians work in the sector. But this sector only contributed 30 percent of GDP.
  • The only airport in Burundi which owns a paved runway is Bujumbura International Airport. There are five airlines operated in the airport. Those include Kenya Airways, Bujumbura International Airport, RwandAir, flydubai and Brussels Airlines.
Capital City: Bujumbura, formerly Usumbura, is the capital, largest city, and main port of Burundi. It ships most of the country’s chief export, coffee, as well as cotton and tin ore.
Religion: The religions of Burundi are Christian 67% (Roman Catholic 62%, Protestant 5%), indigenous beliefs 32%,Muslim 1%. Although the Burundi constitution guarantees religious freedom, several churches have been banned.
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