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Description flag of Myanmar

three equal horizontal stripes of yellow, green, and red; centered on the green band is a large white five-pointed star that partially overlaps onto the adjacent colored stripes; the design revives the triband colors used by Burma from 1943-45, during the Japanese occupation.

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Official country name

Republic of the Union of Myanmar or Union of Burma

Short name

Myanmar or Burma

Local names

Pyidaungzu Myanma Naingngandaw (translated by the US Government as Union of Myanma and by the Burmese as Union of Myanmar) (long)
Myanma Naingngandaw (short)

Former name

Socialist Republic of the Union of Burma


since 1989 the military authorities in Burma have promoted the name Myanmar as a conventional name for their state; this decision was not approved by any sitting legislature in Burma, and the US Government did not adopt the name, which is a derivative of the Burmese short-form name Myanma Naingngandaw


Burmese (singular and plural) (noun) Myanma Naingngandaw (adjective)

Languages spoken

Burmese, minority ethnic groups have their own languages


Rangoon (Yangon)

Government type

military junta


47,758,180 ranked 28, (data 2008)


strategic location near major Indian Ocean shipping lanes. The lowest point is Andaman Sea 0 m.


Coastline 1,930 km.

Land borders

5,876km, Bangladesh 193 km, China 2,185 km, India 1,463 km, Laos 235 km, Thailand 1,800 km.

Administrative divisions

7 divisions (taing-myar, singular - taing) and 7 states (pyi ne-myar, singular - pyi ne)
divisions: Ayeyarwady, Bago, Magway, Mandalay, Sagaing, Tanintharyi, Yangon; states: Chin, Kachin, Kayah, Kayin, Mon, Rakhine, Shan


4 January 1948 (from UK)