Capital: Naypyidaw

Population: 55,124,104 (estimated in 2015)

Currency: Burmese Kyat (MMK)

Official Language: Burmese

Unofficial Languages: Other minority, ethnic languages

Main Religion: Buddhism

Ethnic Groups: Burman, Shan, Rakhine, Karen, Indian, Chinese, and others

Largest Cities: Yangon, Mandalay, Naypyidaw, Mawlamyine

Main Sport: Boxing, Rowing, Football

Political System: Parliamentary Government

National Holidays (2016):

Independence Day (January 4)

Union Day (February 12)

Peasants’ Day (March 2)

Full Moon of Tabaung (March 23)

Armed Forces Day (March 27)

Maha Thingyan (Water Festival) (April 11-20)

Myanmar New Year (April 17)

May Day (May 1)

Full Moon of Kason (Buddha’s Birthday) (May 14)

Martyrs’ Day (July 19)

Full Moon of Waso (Beginning of Buddhist Lent) (July 19)

Full Moon of Thadingyut (End of Buddhist Lent) (July 19)

Full Moon Day of Tazaungmone (November 14)

National Day (December 8)

Christmas (December 25)