Quick Facts

  • Area: 27,830 sq. km (slightly smaller than Maryland)
  • History: The country gained  independence from Belgium in 1962. An assassination of the country’s first democratic president triggered intense violence between the Hutu and Tutsi, leaving upwards of 200,000 Burundians dead over the course of about 12 years.
  • Population of 10,742,276
  • Official languages: Kirundi, French
  • Nationality: Burundian(s)
  • Ethnic groups: Hutu 85%, Tutsi 14%, others
  • Capital city: Bujumbura (pop. 751,000)
  • Divided into 17 provinces.
  • Climate: equatorial
  • Terrain: ranges from hilly to mountainous, with plains and plateaus
  • Approximately 80% of the population lives in poverty.
  • Economy: based on subsistence agriculture
  • Major religion: Christianity
  • Literacy rate: 85.6%
  • Current weather conditions: www.weather.com
  • Tips for travel in country: www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates:www.xe.com

Government in Power

  • A republic
  • President and Head of Government:  President Pierre Nkurunziza
  • President is elected by popular vote

Healthcare Statistics

  • Maternal mortality rate: 712/100,000
  • Infant mortality rate: 61.89/1,000
  • Life expectancy: 60.09 years
  • Total fertility rate: 6.09 children/woman
  • Hospital bed density: 1.9/1,000
  • Health expenditures: 8% GDP
  • Children under age 5 underweight: 29.1%
  • HIV/AIDS adult prevalence rate: 1.11%
  • Infectious disease risk: very high
  • Infectious diseases: bacterial and protozoal diarrhea, hepatitis A, typhoid fever, malaria, dengue fever, schistosomiasis, rabies
  • Infectious disease updates: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm

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