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Burma, officially the Union of Myanmar, is the largest country by geographical area in mainland Southeast Asia or Indochina. The country is bordered by China on the northeast, Laos on the east, Thailand on the southeast, Bangladesh on the west, India on the northwest and the Bay of Bengal to the southwest with the Andaman Sea defining its southern periphery. One-third of Burma's total perimeter, 1,930 kilometres (1,199 mi), forms an uninterrupted coastline.
Location: Southeastern Asia, bordering the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal, between Bangladesh and Thailand
Geographic coordinates: 22° 0' N, 98° 0' E
Coastline km: 1,930 km km
Climate: tropical monsoon; cloudy, rainy, hot, humid summers (southwest monsoon, June to September); less cloudy, scant rainfall, mild temperatures, lower humidity during winter (northeast monsoon, December to April)
Terrain: central lowlands ringed by steep, rugged highlands
Elevation: lowest point: Andaman Sea 0 m highest point: Hkakabo Razi 5,881 m
Natural hazards: petroleum, timber, tin, antimony, zinc, copper, tungsten, lead, coal, marble, limestone, precious stones, natural gas, hydropower
Currency: kyats (MMK)
Population: 48,137,741 (July 2009 est.)
Languages: Burmese, minority ethnic groups have their own languages
Capital: Rangoon (Yangon)
Divisions: 7 divisions and 7 states: - divisions: Ayeyarwady, Bago, Magway, Mandalay, Sagaing, Tanintharyi, Yangon - states: Chin, Kachin, Kayah, Kayin, Mon, Rakhine, Shan
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