That makes it one of the smallest countries in Africa.
Burundi’s population was 11.18 million in 2018…
…that’s around double the population of Yorkshire.
Residents here are known as Burundians.
The capital is Bujumbura; it covers an area of 34 square miles (87 square kilometres) and had a population of 751,000 in 2015.
Burundians enjoy an equatorial climate, although this varies with altitude. There are two rainy seasons from February to May and September to November.
Burundi boasts hippopotamuses, monkeys, elephants, lemurs, squirrels, bats, cheetahs, leopards, mongooses, zebras and buffalo, plus several endemic species of plants and animals.
The official languages of Burundi are Kirundi and French.
After the first world war, Belgium took control of Burundi from Germany, before the country regained independence in 1962.
If you fancy sipping some banana wine or local beer, you’ll need to exchange your spending money for Burundian Franc, the official currency of Burundi. As of 2020, there are around 2,000 Burundian Francs to USD $1!
Burundi won a gold medal in the 1996 Olympic Games, the first time it had ever competed, for the Men’s 5,000 metres. It has never won another medal since, despite participating in all 4 of the subsequent games.
Burundi grows coffee, tea, sugar, cotton and corn; they also rear cattle.
Its industry includes textiles, soap and the assembly of imported components.
The main exports consist of coffee, tea, sugar, cotton and hides.
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